Unless you or someone you know has needed the services of a rheumatologist, chances are you have no idea what they do. Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with problems of the joints, soft tissue, and some auto-immune diseases. The main reason people go to see a rheumatologist is arthritis – and over the past 22 years Dr David Bossingham has helped many thousands of people affected by these conditions in Cairns and far north Queensland. David moved to Cairns from Nottingham in 1992 – and now he’s about to retire. His colleagues and many current and former patients gave him a fond send-off yesterday.
David has long been fascinated by immunology – the study of the immune system – and that fascination drew him to rheumatology, a field of medicine in which there have been tremendous advances, and increasingly, the prospect of cures. Dr Bossingham reflects on those advances, and his 22 years in Cairns in an interview aired on ABC Far North today.