The Barbershop Quartet: A Surgical Saga
The author grew up in South Africa. His book describes a life style of education both in Johannesburg and then in Oxford in the mid-20th Century. A medical career in physiology, general surgery and neurosurgery led to encounters with patients, medical colleagues and tort lawyers whose personal stories, talents and idiosyncrasies colour the book. These histories are painted against the background of the trials and tribulations of the practice of medicine in South Africa in the era when Verwoerd and his successors strode the stage.
Interspersed throughout are excerpts from the life stories and scientific contributions of researchers in the fields of surgical physiology, general and spinal surgery.
The dramatic progress of neuroadiology and aspects of medicine and surgery across the century form a backdrop to the catalogue of life in the "Black" hospitals of Johannesburg.
The problems of medical ethics of survival from womb to tomb, and the conflicts that arise from cultures and legal constraints against the practice of euthanasia, are always in play. Right to life issues contrast with a death wish of some personalities in a morbid field of medicine and add to the drama of life and death played out in the story.
This volume will appeal to doctors, lawyers, patients, road crash victims, and anybody with an interest in the wide fields of medical and social history of the 20th Century.
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SWEENEY TODD AND THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET
ON BEING EDUCATED
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND MEDICAL SCHOOL
A FATAL EXPOSURE TO MEDICINE
AN INTRODUCTION TO SURGERY
SEPARATE BUT NOT EXACTLY EQUAL
AN OBSTETRICAL INTERLUDE
REPRISEBACK TO THE BARBER SHOP QUARTET 19671972
DRAW A PERSON
THE ABSENT TUMOURS OF THE BLACK BRAIN
THE MYELOMENINGOCOELE MMC TRAGEDY
MR MICAWBERS ADAGE
BACK TO BACK
TO FUSE OR NOT TO FUSE
A JAUNDICED VIEW OF CAPETOWN
ENGLAND OR BUST
BACK TO NEH 19623
BARAGWANATH HOSPITAL 19631964
THE BARBER SHOP QUARTET
STAR TURN NEURORADIOLOGY
SPINAL CORD INJURY
16 THE BENEFICENT LORD NUFFIELD
TO THE NINTH DECIMAL PLACE
ANTERIOR SPINAL SURGERY
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW
AN EYE FOR AN EYE
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
ON KIDDING YOURSELF
THE END IS NAAI