Slicing into the life of the surgeon who's spent 30-plus years delving into locals' inner depths


It's likely Mike Creswell holds the record for being this country's first patient to be treated with penicillin, certainly the youngest. At age 1 he contracted pneumonia and was so ill he wasn't expected to make it.

The war in the Pacific became his life saver. American troop ships berthed in Wellington Harbour were well stocked with the new wonder drug, not yet available here.

A nurse tending him secured a supply, no questions asked, and presto, the ailing infant was cured.

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MIKE CRESWELL