Obituary

January 25th, 2017 The Council for Medical Schemes registrar and CEO, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, has died on after a short illness, reports Business Day. He was an outspoken pharmacist-turned-health administrator whose career spanned the public and private sector. He...

January 11th, 2017 Henry Heimlich, the American doctor who invented the life-saving manoeuvre carrying his name, has died, aged 96. His son announced his death, saying he passed away in the US city of Cincinnati aged 96. The Independent reports that...

October 5th, 2016 Professor Stephen Lawn, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Cape Town, known for his pioneering work on the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among populations affected by HIV/Aids, has died at age...

September 2nd, 2015 Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain's strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, using his patients' disorders as starting points for eloquent...

August 18th, 2015 Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Canadian doctor who played a central role in preventing the drug thalidomide being distributed in the US, has died at 101. She refused to approve it while working for the US Food and Drug Administration in the 1960s. It...

August 4th, 2015 Dr Howard W Jones Jr, a physician who pushed the boundaries of gynaecologic surgery, opened the first s ex-change clinic in a US hospital and helped achieve the first birth through in vitro fertilisation in the US, has died of respiratory failure,...

July 21st, 2015 A legend in hand surgery, thousands of orthopaedic surgeons who trained under Dr Martin Singer will mourn his death at the age of 94. Singer’s career spanned 47 years, mostly at Groote Schuur's hand clinic, which in 1999 was renamed after him....
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