ovember 1980 SA MEDIESE TVDSKRIF 743 A Cautionary Tale: The Footballer's Leg. A 21-year-old football Or. F. (Frans) Smit, narkotiseur, praktiseer tans in vennootskap player sustained a compound fracture of the right tibia and fibula. met drr. A. Tell, J. Roelofse en C. van der Merwe by Jan. S. Marais In the local hospital a small laceration on the back of the calf was Mediese Sentrum 905, Bellville, KP. Telefoonnommers: spreek- sutured and cephradine given because of possible penicillin kamers - 97-0891; woning - 96-3465; indien geen antwoord - 21- sensitivity. The calcaneum was pinned and the leg placed in 5400. traction. The next day the lower leg was rather more swollen than Or F. (Frans) Smit, anaesthetist, is now practisinz in partnership expected, but the fever had subsided. On the fourth postoperative with Drs A. Nell, J. Roelofse and C. van der Merwe at 905 Jan S. day the temperature was 39,0°C and there were large black blisters, Marais Medical Centre, Bellville, CP. Telephone numbers: rooms some of which had burst and released an unpleasant smell. Gas - 97-0891; residence - 96-3465; if no reply - 21-5400. gangrene was then suspected for the first time, and crepitus was present at the level of the wound in the lower leg. Radiographs * * * showed gas in the tissues, and penicillin was given despite a history of allergy, with no untoward results. The patient was also given Or. Andre le R. Liebenberg, pediater, praktiseer tans by Jan S. anti-gas gangrene serum, but the following day it was apparent that Marais-kliniek 605, Bellville, KP. Telefoonnommers: spreek- the gangrene was spreading alarmingly. He was referred elsewhere kamers -97-0600; woning - 92-3554; indien geen antwoord - 21- for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen but nevertheless eventually 5400. had to undergo below-knee amputation. Or Andre le R. Liebenberg, paediatrician, is now practising at 605 A claim was put in for negligence on the grounds that gas Jan S. Marais Clinic, Bellville, CP. Telephone numbers: rooms - gangrene should have been suspected earlier on the basis of the 97-0600; residence - 92-3554; if no reply - 21-5400. radiographs, the temperature, the discoloration and blistering of the leg and the patient's general condition. It was alleged that he * * had been referred too late for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen. The Medical Defence Union and the member felt that the claim Ors G. Weiss and A. M. Sloane, specialist physicians, have dissolved could not be successfully resisted, and it was settled for their partnership with Dr I. J. Rutovitz. Drs Weiss and Sloane will approximately R40 000. continue to practise at 407 Medical Centre, Preto~ius Street, Pretoria. Telephone number: 21-217112. * * * Or Charles P. Tel, gynaecologist and obstetrician, has commenced * * * practice in partnership with Drs Charnock, ichol, Shelton, Or. Andre van iekerk, ortopediese chirurg, praktiseer tans by Mannion and Baillie at 9 IO Medipark, Foreshore, Cape Town Chelmsford Mediese Sentrum, Durban. Telefoonnommers: kamers (telephone number - 21-2326) and 20 I Stanhope, Main Road, - 21-2278; woning - 52-3803. Claremont (telephone number - 61-7025). The telephone number Or Andre van Niekerk, orthopaedic surgeon, is now practising at at his residence is 65-1850. Chelmsford Medical Centre, Durban. Telephone numbers: rooms Or. Charles P. Nel, ginekoloog en verloskundige, praktiseer tans - 21-2278; residence - 52-3803. in vennootskap met drr. Charnock, Nichol, Shelton, Mannion en Baillie by Medipark 9 I0, Strandgebied, Kaapstad (telefoonnommer * * * 2 I -2326) en Stanhope 20 I, Hoofweg, Claremont Or F. Wannenburgh, dermatologist, is now practising at 236 Main (telefoonnommer - 61-7025). Die telefoonnommer by sy woning is Road, Claremont, Cape Town. Telephone numbers: rooms -71- 65-1850. 0081; residence - 72-4173. In Memoriam HE DRIK JACOBUS GREYVE STEI DE VILLIERS M.B. CH.B. (CAPE TOWN), M.R.C.O.G., F.R.C.O.G. Dr H. M. Pretorius, of Durban, writes: Henk was a quiet person who believed that a human being has two eyes, two ears and one mouth and should use them in that It is with great sadness that I write of the death of Dr H. J. G. de order. He had no enemies and was greatly loved and respected by Villiers on 29 March 1980 in Durban, after a distinguished career as all. His greatest relaxation was going to the races and he had a a gynaecologist. profound knowledge of the thoroughbreds in Durban and 'Henk', as we all knew him, was born in Barkly East on 13 Pietermaritzburg. October 1922 and educated there and at Craddock. He qualified Both his colleagues and his patients are going to miss Henk M.B. Ch.B. at the University of Cape Town, took his M.R.C.O.G. tremendously. I personally have been associated with him since in 1953 and was elevated to F.R.C.O.G. in 1969. He served the 1951 and cannot believe that this fine gentleman is no longer with Addington and King Edward VIII Hospitals, Durban, well and at us. the time of his death was a visiting consultant to the alal To Alma and his son and daughter we extend our sincere University Medical School and King Edward VIII Hospital. sympathy. - 744 SA MEDICAL JOURNAL 1 November 1980 SIR GEORGE PICKERING F.R.S., ER.CP. Professor W. P. Leary, of Durban, writes: Professor's Depanment was always an unusually stimulating place Professor Sir George Pickering, who died on 3 September 1980, in which to work. Pickering's young men of the 1960s currently hold will be remembered with affection by many of his South African chairs throughout Britain and in the USA, Australia and Africa. Sir colleagues. He was born at Whalton, onhumberland, in June George had charm and personal warmth, which made juniors at 1904 and educated at Dulwich College, London and Pembroke ease in his company, but could be very short with anyone he College, Cambridge, where he distinguished himself academically thought guilty of second-rate work or intellectual dishonesty. In the before moving to St Thomas' Hospital, London, for clinical days before his arthritic hips were repaired research fellows would training. Later he became an assistant to Sir Thomas Lewis at be interviewed in the Regius' office, where he would recline on a University College Hospital and in that environment developed the couch, two walking-sticks and his infamous washbasin close at characteristics which made him a formidable clinician, sCientist, hand. Dinner at his home could be hilarious, particul<irly when medical politician and educator. He was, in turn, Professor of some of the great men of British medicine or public life were Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, Regius Professor of Medicine at discussed. Except on special occasions, he cut a less than dashing Oxford, President of the British Medical Association, Master of figure and with his ancient bicycle, ragged pullover, baggy trousers Pembroke College, Oxford, and a visiting professor to numerous and sometimes erratically shaven chin, was occasionally mistaken, foreign universities. He was married for 50 years to Carola Seward, by children, for one of Oxford's college gardeners. I believe this whom he met while they were medical students at Cambridge; they delighted him. had three daughters and a son. George Pickering achieved great academic distinction, wrote Few of the many great men who held the Regius chair at Oxford lucidly, lectured often and travelled widely, yet those who worked were as active and successful as George Pickering; I doubt that any closest to him will also remember other characteristics. He had a were looked upon by their colleagues with greater respect or rare ability to choose good men, with the result that the Regius affection. ALEXANDER GEORGE CUNNING HAM M.R.CS. (ENGLAND), loR.CP. (J..o DON) Dr C. J. Brink, of East London, writes: he spent 19 interesting but strenuous years until his retirement. His Jhe announcement of the death on 14 August 1980 of Alexander lifelong interest in trains led him to join the Rhodesian Railway George Cunningham (Alex) at the home of his son in Norfolk, Medical Service, where he served for 3 years. (He left a large England, was received by his many friends and acquaintances in collection of books and journals on the subject of trains and Southern Africa with a very sincere and deep sense of loss. railways.) Alex was born in Bexley Heath on 12 July 1912 and after his He was then persuaded to join the medical staff of the Havelock father - also a medical practitioner - moved to Tottenham, he Asbestos Mine in Swaziland for a further 7 years, after which he attended the Highgate Boys' College and afterwards completed his joined the medical staff of the Frere Hospital in East London in medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital. When World War 1977. II broke out he joined the RNVR and was assigned to the monitor His health suffered a setback in April 1980 and he had to undergo Erebus. He developed an acute infection, was taken off the ship at a lobectomy just before he was due to leave for his annual 3 months' Mombasa and sent to a hospital in Nairobi. On his recovery he was summer holiday in England. Here he hoped to recover his health posted to the naval base at Mombasa; here he found romance which completely but he did not survive to return to South Africa. led to his marriage on 19 January 1944 to Linda Jeffrey, who was He was a popular doctor and a hard worker; his large circle of serving with the FANY in Mombasa at the time. friends would join in extending their sincerest sympathy to his wife, After the War he started in private practice at Ferry Hill, Linda, and their son, daughter and grandson in their sad Durham, but later joined the Bechuanaland Medical Service. There bereavement. LI TZIMA GOLDE NGAM H.Se. (FORT HARE). M.B. H.CH. (WITWATERSRAND) Dr Linzima Golden gam of ew Brighton died in the Livingstone qualified in medicine in 1952. After working at Frere Hospital in Hospital, Port Elizabeth, on Sunday 3 August 1980, at the age of 58. East London, Dr Ngam opened a practice in ew Brighton where Dr gam was educated in East London and Alice, after which he he was a popular figure; he remained there until his death. A obtained a B.Sc. degree at Fon Hare University College. He then memorial service was held in the Gana Kakaza Methodist Hall, proceeded to the University of the Witwaters~and where he New Brighton.
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