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The Self-Made Surgeon

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Join Pauline Conolly as she explores the remarkable life of Dr Victor Ratten. Originally a dentist in West Wyalong, in 1906 Ratten travelled to Chicago and purchased a bogus medical diploma. Immediately afterwards he became a rural GP in Sheffield, Tasmania, and was later appointed Surgeon Superintendent at the Hobart Hospital in 1917. Ratten's fraud was eventually uncovered, but through self-promotion and the popular support of his patients, Ratten was able to continue his work thanks to The Ratten Doubts Removal Act, earning himself a place in Australian history as a folk hero.

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Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2017, supported by Create NSW.

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