Dr Donald Hossack launches memoir

Dr Donald Hossack's memoir – The Weaver's Son: Odyssey of an Australian surgeon – was launched on 18 May by Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Health.

Dr Donald Hossack with Professor Shitij Kapur at the launch

Dr Donald Hossack OBE PSM graduated MB BS in 1954. The memoir tells the story of Don's struggle to overcome dyslexia and become an eminent surgeon with the encouragement and support of the University.

Don went on to help bring about Victoria's landmark legislation mandating alcohol breath testing and the wearing of seat-belts – two of the most effective public health interventions of the time.

In The Weaver's Son, Don tells his remarkable story in a warm and honest style. The memoir is an inspiring testament to the power of education and perseverance to change lives.

Front cover image from the 1955-56 Annual Report of the Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Weaver's Son is available from Readings Carlton.


Click the below image for photos from the launch.


The Age have also written a feature piece on Don's story for Good Weekend:

Dr Donald Hossack

The son of blue-collar Scottish immigrants has led a colourful life, overcoming adversity, dyslexia and the wrath of drinkers who wanted to drive. It's not over yet. The library of a Toorak townhouse seems an odd (or at least ironic, or perhaps completely fitting) place to hear the story of Dr Donald Hossack.