Book Signing - 21st February, 2007

Dr. Piper
Wednesday , 21st February 2007
Bar Boa Vista
from 11.30am - 13.00pm

“In 1845 a killer stalked the great maternity hospitals of Europe and North America…
Mothers and babies were slaughtered in great suffering on a monumental scale by this mass murderer. The name given to this assassin was puerperal fever. It was also at that time, know as childbed fever.”
Told with passion and a meticulous eye for historical accuracy, this novel shows how Semmelweis overcame the jealousies, bigotry and ignorance prevalent in the medical profession at the time, to find not only the cause, but also the cure, for this horrendous illness.]

John Piper MB, BS, FRCS read Medicine at the University of London. Following postgraduate study in Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, he worked as a consultant surgeon in hospitals in England until 1977, when disillusioned by what he saw happening to the NHS, he took the post of visiting professor of surgery at the University of Shiraz in Iran. He later moved to hospitals in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ladysmith Hospital in South African and in 1985 created a department of surgery in the new Manapo Hospital in the Black South African Homeland of Qwaqwa on the Lesotho Border.

He now lives in Portugal with his wife, Odete. Since 1997, Dr Piper has a clinic at the Hotel Garbe once a week for the clients who are resident in the Hotel.

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