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Dr. Cecil Cyrus Caribbean Surgeon Extraordinaire By Senator Professor Emeritus Sir Henry Fraser

Dr. Cecil Cyrus, surgeon extraordinaire of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is a legend in his own lifetime. His work has performed near miracles for over forty years, while his presentations at conferences and in his books have enthralled his colleagues, old and young, across the Caribbean and beyond. And he’s amazed us with yet another magnificent book, while in his ninth decade but looking not a day over fifty… thanks to a healthy lifestyle and an angel of a wife! I really mean that – he looks middle aged at most, and his lovely wife Kathryn DOES look like an angel. He’s just published a splendid new book “A Harvest Richer than Gold – The Odyssey of a Caribbean Surgeon”. It’s his fourth major work, not counting some earlier, small booklets. His first magnum opus was “A Clinical and Pathological Atlas”, a lifetime collection of photographs, with patients’ permission, of pathological specimens, X-rays and medical miscellanea from an astonishing surgical career in St. Vincent, where it took a long time to recognise that health care is key to development. That book received outstanding reviews from the British Medical Journal and the Royal College of Pathologists, and his collection of specimens and artefacts became the Cecil Cyrus Museum, which sadly our University of the West Indies has not found the funds to acquire. His second book was “Dr. Grandad – A Caribbean doctor and his little patients and family”. This is a heart-warming account of both the children he cared for and cured and the social context of that care. His third book was “A Dream Come True – the Autobiography of a Caribbean Surgeon”. And Dr. Cyrus’s life story is truly remarkable - from a small boy of a humble family in a rural St. Vincent village to a life of accomplishment under the most challenging

circumstances. When you read his books, and his ability to produce near miracles by “making do”, you can’t help but recall the life and work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and his missionary hospital in what is now Gabon. And while Dr. Cyrus may not have contributed to the fields of music, philosophy or religion as Dr. Schweizer did, he is very much the Renaissance man, with wide ranging skills and interests – horticulture, squash, reading and photography, and a photographic memory. He’s been described as the ‘small island surgeon’, the ‘isolated surgeon’ and ‘Caribbean country doctor’. And he’s enthralled listeners, entertained friends and fascinated audiences everywhere almost as much as he’s saved lives, worked miracles and supplied the milk of human kindness in caring for his people. In my citation for his Honorary D.Sc. of the University of the West Indies in 2005, I said: “This incredible surgeon brings similar skills of love and a tender touch to his own Botanic Garden. Rumour has it that he talks to his plants, and gives them an anaesthetic when he has to cut and prune them!” I love one of his philosophical bits of advice – for the “Isolated Practitioner” - but it surely applies to every man: “One of the lessons learnt on survival … is the absolute necessity of a wife on whose shoulder to cry, and a hobby to ensure the preservation of peace of mind and sanity.” Amen, and a bouquet from his garden to Kathryn Cyrus! A Harvest Richer than Gold can be obtained from Amazon or directly from Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus, who can be reached by telephone at 1 (784) 457 9781 or email cyrusclinic@gmail.com

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Ins & Outs of SVG 2018 Edition  

The Definitive Guide to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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