Michael Shackleton OBE

Michael is a retired general and paediatric surgeon from Dunedin where he was a Clinical Reader at the Medical School and a part time senior surgeon at Dunedin Public Hospital.   A member of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology for many years, he helped pioneer Colonoscopy in NZ.

His interest in Medical History started as a student in the early 50's and he has been greatly pleased to continue the involvement here in Wellington.  Apart from an ongoing interest in music and the theatre he has published 2 books, 'Operation Vietnam' in 2004 and 'Desert Surgeons' in 2010.

Michael's paper is based on the life of his father Ronald Shackleton who was a general practicioner in Waimate, South Canterbury, for 40 years from 1925 - 1964, noting the changes that have occurred in the style and nature of practice since that time.

Talks given to WMHS previously have included:

2009 The Origin and Fate of the Mobile Surgical Unit NZMC
North Africa 1941 - 1942
2011New Zealand Doctors in Vietnam
2012 The Ailments of Anthony Eden - a cautionary tale