A LIFE IN TWO LANDS: The autobiography of a surgeon/forensic pathologist

Author(s): Timothy David Koelmeyer

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The author describes his early life in his country of birth, Sri Lanka, where he had his school and university education, culminating in his qualifying as a doctor in 1969. He commenced training in surgery , passing the primary examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He describes his ethnic background (Ceylon Burgher) and the origins of the racial and ethnic discrimination that resulted in his emigration to New Zealand shortly after his marriage. Surgical training was completed, qualifying as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1974. Stymied in his ambition to specialise in cancer treatment, he then turned to pathology, qualifying as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 1980. He then specialised in Forensic pathology. The book describes this journey and contains many cases he dealt with in both surgery and forensic pathology. He retired in 2010.


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Born in Galle, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 24 January 1946. Grew up and schooled in Colombo, except of a short interlude in Jaffna. Intermediate and high schooling at St Joseph's College, Colombo. Qualified as doctor (MB, BS) at University of Ceylon, Colombo 1969. Passed primary examination for FRCS in April 1971. Emigrated to New Zealand January 1972. Qualified as a surgeon (FRACS) in 1974. Qualified as pathologist in 1980, subsequently specialising in forensic pathology Senior lecturer in anatomical and pathology and forensic pathology at school of medicine, University of Auckland (1980-191989). Associate professor of forensic pathology (!990--) University of Auckland. Retired 2010.

Introduction 1. A Burgher childhood and school days 2. Interlude in Jaffna and return to Colombo 3. Colombo Medical School- and a love story 4. Emigration and surgical training 5. Oncology and frustration 6. Pathology training and an air crash on Mt Erebus 7. Teaching and the Breakfast Club 8. Origins and scope of forensic pathology 9. Humour in the courtroom 10.Murder in a Pacific paradise 11. The death of George B 12. A murder miscellany 13. some Rarotongan experiences 14. Stranger than fiction 15. A forensic pot pourri 16. Identification of skeletal remains 17. Some questions answered 18. Mary Ann Epilogue Appendix. A short history of the Breakfast Club References

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  • : 9780473404475
  • : Timothy David Koelmeyer
  • : Timothy David Koelmeyer
  • : 0.5
  • : September 2017
  • : 230mm X 155mm X 15mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

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  • : Timothy David Koelmeyer
  • : Paperback
  • : Illustrated edition
  • : 208