This is an account of the life of an obstetrician and gynaecologist. It features his successes and failures, his sadness and joy, his trauma and relief and his exposure to problems in other cultures. It is all seen through the lens of a robust Christian faith.
Here is a window into the medical world that will illuminate your mind and could stimulate new confidence in Jesus. Why did I not realize that the 'third world' doctor - often working alone - must deal with everything that a whole hospital often deals with and more? Why did I not appreciate that a sensible and real Christian faith should permeate everything that goes on in a complex and confronting medical career?
This brief record from David Browning takes the reader into great earthly challenges and great heavenly supplies - a revelation!
Is this the one example we need to understand that science and a belief in the Almighty are not mutually exclusive?
As David Browning shares insights into the extraordinary twists and turns of his life of service, to both medicine and his Christian faith, he reveals that rare ability to question everything and yet remain constant to his fight to improve women’s health while remaining steadfast to his Christian principles.
Tales from a Women’s Doctor is a most humble title for this journey into the heart of a man who has faced trials and tribulations which would fell lesser men. Kindness leaps off the pages as he looks dispassionately at the sad and the difficult, while glorying in the inherent goodness of man, our ability to see off temptation and continue with hope and love in our daily lives.
Browning’s recollection of his introduction to the love of his Lord is Damascene. A country lad, he was befriended by fellow students and attended church with them while pursuing his studies at Guy’s Hospital, London. His family does not seem to have been particularly religious so there was every chance that his faith would burble along as little more than lip service and an easing of conscience as his work led him to take decisions which affected life. But that was not to be; a conversation with one of his friends, paused on the steps of Guy’s at dusk, lit his understanding from within, an understanding that was to colour the rest of his life.
It is the rest of David Browning’s life that he chiefly deals with in his book. The life of a practising doctor in the UK and rural Australia. The latter included being severely injured in a car crash which lent personal insight into pain and the reliance upon medical practitioners not understood by all in the medical profession. So often a patient must take it on faith that his doctor knows what he is talking about and has no option but to endure - and hope that the doctor is right.
Journeys to the African continent flesh out this life of service, where friends and relatives tackle the daunting task of helping some of the more overlooked peoples of our world, one meal, one conversation, one prayer, one medical procedure at a time.
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