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Shocked, Maxime demanded to know why. ‘Oh, I didn’t want to do it,’ he simply shrugged. On top of everything else, it was more than Maxime could bear. John was twelve years old when she asked Jack to leave. He argued that he’d never done anything wrong; the affairs were figments of her imagination, and the job he’d been offered had been quite unsuitable. But finally, he agreed to go. He was away for just one weekend. John spent the whole time in tears and begged his mother to reconsider. ‘Mum, you have to let Dad come back home,’ he sobbed.

Vicki often prepared dinner before she and John left for medical school in the morning, where she was studying physiotherapy. She would set the timer on the automatic oven so their meal would be ready for when they arrived home. They did the shopping together on Saturdays. They each had their own chores. Their father, Jack, appeared at home less and less often. In the new peace and quiet of their home lives, John and Vicki were able to throw themselves into their studies. As John went further and further into the course, five years of which were spent working in hospitals, he was still surprised 22 Death of a Doctor PAGES 26/5/05 10:47 AM Page 23 Birth of a Doctor by his fellow students.

Immediately, John’s spirits soared. He was excited to be out of the confines of Adelaide and launching into the wider world, 33 Death of a Doctor PAGES D E AT H of a 26/5/05 10:47 AM Page 34 D O C TO R actively seeking out answers to the gaps he’d found in his medical training. In 1974 in Britain and Europe, many people were starting to explore alternatives in healthcare. Homeopathy, particularly, had a long tradition in England, with most of the practising homeopaths also trained doctors, and even the Queen—a pillar of the most conservative institution in the land—had her own advisor.

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