Peter remembers; “Mr Lishman conversed with me in a manner which as a seventeen year old I had not experiences before. He was factual, friendly and very re-assuring. Post operation was traumatic to say the least, with large portions of my leg removed and extensive plastic surgery. Mr Lishman saw me regularly. He opened up about his work while trekking in the Himalayas and much more. I believe that he was trying to show me a wider world to look forward to as I was probably shell shocked.”
The Man in the Surgical Mask, first published in 2013, is a biography of Dr Lishman’s life. Dr Lishman was not only a fine surgeon but an adventurer and athlete. He was the medical officer on Himalayan and Antarctic expeditions and very much involved with Surf Life Saving. The first surgeon to practice outside of Perth, he was pioneering in many ways. He also had great humility and was much loved and respected both for his work and for his personal kindness.
All funds raised from the sale of ‘The Man in the Surgical Mask’ go directly to the Lishman Health Foundation, which was established in 1997 in honour of Dr Val Lishman. The Foundation funds, facilitates and promotes health research that has significant health gain for individuals, families and communities living in south-west Western Australia and more broadly regional Australia.