Author(s): Donald Urquhart-Hay
These medical essays range into seldom-explored but curious parts of the anatomy and human experience, including Samuel Pepys' troublesome 'plumbing'; the bullet that killed Lord Nelson; a reappraisal of Florence Nightingale; New Zealand's first urologist; light and shade in medicine's past, and its challenging future; alcohol and the medical profession; male and female circumcision; sex throughout the ages.
Donald Urquhart-Hay has enjoyed a diverse and distinguished medical career. From postgraduate surgical training in London he went on to pioneer kidney transplants in Wellington, New Zealand. He has been an examiner for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a gold medallist in urology, president of the Wellington Medico-Legal Society, Aide-de-Camp to Governor-General Lord Porritt and Surgeon Commander for the Royal NZ Naval Volunteer Reserve. A Knight of the Order of St John, he is now an elected member of the Capital & Coast District Health Board.