Active Labour: Memoirs of a Working-Class Doctor
Hardback $34.99 - Black Inc
Biography & Memoir - Published: 3/Sep/2018 - ISBN: 9781760640842
Percy Rogers was no ordinary doctor. Raised in small Western Australian towns, at fifteen he saved enough to buy a train ticket to Perth, where night school was free, with a hope to study medicine. From there he embarked on a medical career that would take him around Australia and the world, from Hobart's busiest hospital to a practice in suburban Coburg; from remote Arnhem Land communities to a city in Saudi Arabia; from the beaches of Cocos Keeling Islands to the Papuan jungle highlands.
An obstetrician by training, Rogers was a passionate advocate for women's reproductive rights, arguing that women should have a greater say in their childbirths and medical care, and a pioneer of the Lamaze technique in Australia. His belief in equality, women's rights and fair working conditions extended beyond the medical profession- a one-time communist and the subject of a secret ASIO file, Rogers was an outspoken critic of social discrimination and a defender of those who could not speak for themselves, whether through illness, gender or language barriers. His work took him into communities near and distant, where he confronted poverty, disease and appalling living conditions as he sought to provide individuals with a basic human right - access to free and safe healthcare.
Active Labour is the inspiring, warm and moving story of one of the most pioneering and compassionate health practitioners in the country. It is a testament to one man's abiding, passionate belief in the power of medicine and the importance of community health. Percy Rogers was a doctor for over fifty years, until his retirement in 2016. Specialising in obstetrics, he worked at the Royal Women's Hospital and helped establish its family birthing centre. While running his general practice in Coburg, Percy tutored in the pathology department at the Melbourne School of Medicine. He also worked as a health officer for the Coburg City Council, improving health standards in schools and childcare centres, and as a medical officer in Papua New Guinea, the Cocos Keeling Islands and Arnhem Land. Active Labour is an inspiring, warm and moving memoir by one of the most pioneering and compassionate doctors in Australia, a key advocate for women's reproductive rights. It is a testament to one man's abiding, passionate belief in the power of medicine and the importance of community health.
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