This autobiographical story describes how the author, a Queensland bush child destined to become a grazier, pursued a few different careers, including Catholic priesthood, Queensland grazier-farmer and orthopaedic specialist, before eventually embarking on an unplanned but highly successful career in public health.
The author Douglas (Doug) Gordon held the position of Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland, 1957-1976, his career foci being occupational health, public health, medical epidemiology and preventive medicine. In 1979, he was appointed AM in recognition of his services to medicine. The manuscript covers approximately the first half of Doug's life, finishing at the key career turning point when he took up his first public health position.
Doug's life took several unexpected turns. As a result, the subject matter is wide-ranging, and includes detailed information about:
life on an management of a Queensland coastal grazing property;
Catholic boarding schools for boys in the second and third decades of the 20th century;
medical education in the early War years;
the management of a provincial hospital (Ipswich) during World War II; and
the preventive medical work undertaken by the RAAF medical service, particularly in the Pacific region, during World War II.