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or diabetes. All ulcers are equal, whereas Professor Folb summed up the morning's
there are grades and types of hypertension discussions. He concluded that the con-
and diabetes. In fact, he said, ulcer disease seIlSuS was that histamine anragonists should
is being treated as it was in the Middle be used once a day, maintenance therapy
Ages, whereas hypertension and diabetes might be needed indefmitely, dealing with
are scientifically treated. Then there is also the acid question is more important in
the question of how long to continue treat- duodenal ulcer than in gastric ulcer, and
ment, in view of the fact that the relapse there is a trap in comparative srudies of
rate is much more important than the cimetidine and ranitidine because of their
healing rate. Maintenance therapy must unequal potencies. The question of cyto-
evidently remain a question for the indi- protection worried him because so much of
vidual doctor treating the individual patient. the background to the concept is based on
animal experiments. He said that the toxicity
Lastly, at what point are the surgeon's of bismuth deserves further srudy, and
services required? Bornman (Cape Town) that antacids might have a more complicated
said that he is not convinced that anyone action than acid neutralisation. Misoprostol
had found a drug that changes the natural has shown impressive results in duodenal
history of ulcer disease, and that there is a Professor Solly Marks with two of his
cocktail party guests, Or S. Saunders
ulcer therapy and might even be better
place for the surgeon, but the question is than the H 2 antagonists.
(vice-chancellor and principal of UCT and
when? He made the valid point that surgery honorary physician in the Faculty of
can be cheaper; in the long term, a vagotomy Medicine), and Professor A. Simjee The question of which drug to use for
costs a great deal less than drug treatment (Gastro-intestinal Unit, O.epartment of which patient, however, remains
for 10 years. Medicine, University of Natal). unanswered.
William 'Bill' Wilkie part-time member of staff until his death Wilkie played a vital role in the revamped
on Friday, 31 July 1987. Breast Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital,
M.B. Ch.B.. Ch.M. No greater tribute could have been paid which is headed jointly by Professor David
to this modest surgical giant than the Dent and Dr Anne Hacking. David Dent,
Professors J. Terblanche and J. H. Louw enormous rumout of friends from all walks who is currently on sabatical in the UK,
of Cape Town write: of life who attended his memorial service has always emphasised the great role that
William Wilkie was born in Belfast in at St Thomas' Church, Rondebosch, on Bill Wilkie played in the Breast Clinic. Bill
the Transvaal on the ll'October 19J4. Monday, 3 August 1987. Apart from the Wilkie was one of the originators of the
After matriculating at Belfast High School large medical contingent, there were friends idea of a breast clinic in the late 1940's and
in 1931, he went to UCT to srudy medicine from his university and war-time days and played an active role since its inception in
and graduated in 1937. A keen sportsman, many friends and patients from more recent 1950. He will be remembered particularly
he played rugby for the under-19A side, years. for his scientific honesty and integrity, his
represented the university in the mile and After his retirement from active private strong code of medical ethics and his abso-
half-mile, and was awarded a half-blue for surgical practice in October 1984, Bill lute insistence on placing the patient's
athletics. He also played tennis, a game welfare above all else.
that he kept up in later years. His life at Bill Wilkie was devoted to his wife
UCT was full and included being Rag Marjorie and his four daughters. His inter-
convenor in 1935 and a member of the estes in later life included his lovely garden
Smuts Hall (Mens' Residence) House Com- and his continued pleasure in tennis. Hiking,
mittee in 1935 and 1936. bridge, chess and the theatre were important
Bill Wilkie was one of the first 19 junior interests as was the Owl Gub of which he
resident medical officers at Groote Schuur had been a member since 1969.
Hospital when it opened in 1938. Subse- Many will miss Bill Wilkie. All those
quently, after a year as senior medical officer who had the privilege to work with him
at the Peninsula Maternity Hospital and will remember many lessons learnt from
City Hospital, he joined the SA Medical this great man. We will all miss him in the
Corps in 1940. He served in the 17th Field Department of Surgery, UCT, with which
Ambulance in the 2nd SA Division which he has been continuously associated for so
joined the 8th British Army in the Western . many years.
Desert. Like so .many of his compatriots,
he was taken prisoner of war at Tobruk in
1942 and was transported to northern Italy.
Here, after two escapes, he evenrually joined Dr R. J. M. Retief of Cape Town writes:
the Allied troops a year later and was Bill Wilkie was born in Belfast, Transvaal,
subsequently repatriated and posted to the on II October 1914 and died in Rondebosch
Wynberg Military Hospital. . on 31 July 1987.
At this time he commenced his post- He leaves behind a loving wife, Marjorie
graduate srudies and passed the examination (nee Davy), four daughters and four grand-
for the Ch.M. degree in 1945, obtaining children. To them is extended our loving
the degree the following year after com- sympathy in their loss, but with the sure
pleting his thesis entitled 'The omentum'. knowledge that for them his memory will
After a period as assistant to Dr Jock Marr remain sweet and comforting.
in private surgical practice, he joined the His life and achievements were fully and
hospital staff again as Professor Saint's faithfully recorded by his friend, Professor
registrar. After 1950 he continued as a OrW. Wilkie Jannie Louw, in the OctoberlNovember
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issue of the Cape Western Branch (MASA) In his calling as a surgeon, his patients the top of her list of priorities. She ensured
newslerrer. I shall therefore confine what I became his friends, and this was just as that each of her children had the oppor-
wish to say to some personal reminiscences. well, for on some weekends his ward round tunity to gain the best education and the
Bill and I met at Mens' Residence, UCT, could be made in tennis shorts and shoes. social skills such as tennis and dancing,
in 1932. We were both country boys who Formality in dress and manner was not for which she felt she lacked. However, being
quickly grew to love working and living in him. His colleagues respected him for his full of fun, she had no lack of skill when it
the shadow of Table Mountain. Although ruthless honesty. He lived by strict prin- came to entertainment. Just a short while
eventually separated by the circumstances ciples from which he did not easily swerve, ago she was the highlight of a talent-contest
of World War II and working in different unless shown to be in error. evenIng and had the audience with tears
cities, we remained fIrm friends. His daily living and character are rolling down their cheeks from hearty
When Bill fInally senled in Rondebosch, exemplified in a powerfully written para- laughter at her rendition of the Pygmalion
his garden and tennis became his physical graph arrributed to Stephen Grellet (1773- songs 'I'm gerring married in the morning'
outlet until he could manage no more. 1835): and 'I could have danced all night'. She
Whatever Bill did, he did with enthusiasm 'I expect to pass through this World but loved to sing and it was her talent in this
and abounding cheerfulness. He was a once: any good thing therefore that I can area which drew her fIrst to the church
natural choice at UCT in his third year to do, or any kindness that I can show to any and through that into a relationship with
be organiser of the hospital Rag. He had fellow-creature, let me do it now: let me Jesus.
the charisma to carry people along with not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass Her hip operation some years ago gave
him and I never knew him to be depressed. this way again.' her an opportuniry to spend some time
I can well imagine what a tonic he must reflecting on the words she sang (fIrst in
have been to his comrades-in-arms when the Methodist choir and more recently in
he was taken at Tobruk. He escaped from the Stellenberg chapel choir). Her faith
a camp in the north of Italy when the was real, and after the Pinelands Mission,
Allies landed in the south and walked the when she made a rededication to her Lord,
length of the peninsula to join up with Helen Rosemary Fox she became more deeply involved in the
them. Never did he bore his friends with M.B. B.S., DP.H. life of the church and became a faithful
the rough times he had known, but pre- and devoted member of a home bible-
ferred rather to tell of the educational classes Mr Peter Roberts of Pinelands writes: study group. In this group she grew
the paws organised among themselves and Dr Helen Rosemary Fox was a very special spiritually as she grappled with issues that
how he thus arrained a reasonable know- person who will be remembered by most her training as a scientist told her to dissect
ledge of. German. This came in handy people as a person who cared; one who was and question.
when one of his daughters married a generous almost to a fault. I was privileged Those that knew Rosemary knew that
German lad and he took great delight in to spend 3 months in the Fox home in her faith was not theatrical but a living one
allowing his eldest grandchild to correct Long Place where Dr Fox became known which flowed outwards to those who met
his German syntax. to me as Aunt Rosemary. her. She was always doing something for
On our retirement; we almost simul- She was born in the UK. Her father was someone. She gave unstintingly of herself
taneously joined a walking club on Mondays a mechanical engineer and an Anglican lay and her free time to the Alexandra Institute
to coincide with the day the women did preacher. Her mother was a lady of social patients as choir mistress. She loved flowers
the weekly washing. The walkers were all standing, a rebel who rejected the con- and gave of them freely from her garden
over 70 years old and loved Table servative British life-sryle and was known - always unarranged. She was a car-boot
Mountain. Bill became enthusiastic about to go shopping in the town, not with a seller's delight and would come away laden
the flowers and trees and innumerable basket, but with a steel bucket. Rosemary with bargains which would always be given
footpaths. We walked in practically all in many ways took after her unusual mother, away.
weathers, suitably clad and shod and met for example, you will not fInd a tea service It was a privilege to be her friend and
at each others' homes for a whisky or two in the Fox home. Tea was served only in she will be remembered with warnnh and
at the end of the day. Bill especially loved mugs but food, tea and coffee were always affection.
the indigenous flowers of the Peninsula available in generous portions to guests or
and grew several species in his home garden. passing visitors.
Never, however, did he lose his admiration Aunt Rosemary was known as 'Boojum'
for the Transvaal agapanthus; inapertus, and (a character in Lewis Carroll's The Baker's Arthur Henry Baxter
the lovely highveld hare-bells; wahlenbergia Tale) to her British family and friends, and M.B. Ch.B. (Lpool)
androsacea. He was keenly looking forward 'Foxy' to most friends in the RSA. She
to seeing the painted lady seedlings which gained her B.Sc. honours in marine zoology Dr H. A. Kalley of Pietermaritzburg writes:
he had sown in March of this year in before obtaining her medical degrees at Arthur Henry Baxter was born in Pieter-
bloom. It was not to be. Durham Universiry. She served in the maritzburg in 1910. He went to school at
In die eerste jaar na ons gekwalifIseer British Army in India and the UK before St Charles and was a member of the fIrst
het, was ons huisdokters van dr. Louis coming to Mrica. It was in Northern cricket and rugby teams.
Leipoldt, desryds 'n dosent in pediatrie by . Rhodesia that she met and married Percy Arthur qualified at the medical school in
die Groote Schuur-hospitaal. Dit was 'n Francis Fox, a farmer and veterinary health Liverpool and represented the University
belewenis om genooi te word vir 'n aandete inspector who, while on holiday in the in tennis. There he met and married
wat hy self voorberei het, en dit was 'n Eastern Highlands, had rescued her from a Winifred Mary Petirr who predeceased him
aardigheid on na ete 'n pot brug te speel. troop of baboons. They started their family by a few years. Mter serving his internship
So eksentriek soos sy leefwyse, was ook sy when she was almost 40. Not long after the in Liverpool he returned to his home town,
brugspel. twins Annabelle and Phillipa were born, worked as a houseman at Grey's Hospital
Ons het geweet Leipoldt was 'n skrywer Timothy arrived to complete the family. for a year and then entered general practice.
en digrer, maar was desryds te onbelese om Aunt Rosemary was far sighted and 23 He rapidly developed a large practice and
die man se poesie en veelsydigheid in die years ago left Rhodesia since she was was also a part-time railway medical offIcer,
Mrikaanse lerrerkunde te waardeer. Bill unhappy when the Ian Smith government a post he retained for some 40 years.
het 'n goeie kop vir verse gehad en het came into power. It was shortly after the Arthur was a perfect example of that
onlangs nog siteer: family had made the trek to Pinelands that almost extinct species, the old-fashioned
'As ouderdom, wat alles breek, sy volmag my friendship with Tim, the girls and family practitioner, and the care of his
oor my kry, Aunt Rosemary began. patients was his primary consideration.
Dan gaan ek na die Hantam, waar ek I always found Aunt Rosemary totally His last few years were marred by failing
hoort, frank, but you had to know her not to be vision, a disability which he bore stoically.
En dra deemoedig wat 'n mens van surprised at her openness. To his sons, Donald and Bruce, and his
ouderdom moet ly, She had a great zest for living. The daughter, Diane, we offer our sincere
Voordat hy aanklop by die hemelpoort.' family, children and grandchildren were at condolences.