1950s neurosurgery team

Jean Throp (nee MacKenzie) treasures this Dunedin Hospital neurosurgery staff picture from 1953.

From left are Dr Robert Coulter (anaesthetist), Sister Jean MacKenzie herself, Anthony James (neurosurgery director), Sister Joan Blackie, Sister Francis Herlihy and Richard Robinson (assistant director) at a farewell for one of the nurses.

Mrs Throp, who was a neurosurgery nurse between 1950 and 1954, said Dunedin was a neurosurgery leader in the early 1950s, taking patients from Palmerston North south.

Mrs Throp (83) said her job, first as a theatre and later a ward nurse, was a happy and busy time.

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