Book Review: Three Letter Plague

By now, followers of this blog will know that one book – a book about AIDS – prompted my medical career. Earlier this year, I met a dynamic young History professor, who recommended I read Three Letter Plague by Jonny Steinberg. Last week I finally read it. Sold as Sizwe’s Test in the USA, thisContinue reading “Book Review: Three Letter Plague”

Book Review: A Life in Pieces

This past year, one of my modules was Psychiatry. Matters of psychiatry have the potential to scare me, having heard of patients who tried to harm my fellow students. My clinical psychiatry rotation will take place in my fifth year, and I am trying to build my knowledge and my confidence sufficiently so as toContinue reading “Book Review: A Life in Pieces”

Doctors and Piercings: The Debate

I like piercings and tattoos. To a limit, of course. I could not imagine tattooing my arms from shoulder to sleeve. But that is just me. I am not about to make any judgments about you if you do. If someone used unsterile needles or lead paint, or took poor care of the raw piercingContinue reading “Doctors and Piercings: The Debate”

The Need for a Good Physician

I recently heard of a man who started complaining of an incessant rushing in one of his ears. He complained to his general practitioner and continued to do so, but the doctor maintained that nothing was the matter. A few weeks ago he called his wife, saying that something was wrong and he needs toContinue reading “The Need for a Good Physician”

So what did you do for Mandela Day?

Tata Madiba turns 93 years old today. In honour of the many years he spent in service of South Africa and in fact all of humanity, 18 July is “Mandela Monday”. Citizens are asked to spend 67 minutes in service of their community – one minute for every year that Nelson Mandela worked for freedom,Continue reading “So what did you do for Mandela Day?”

To gain manhood, to risk life

This past week, the eighth known Eastern Cape Xhosa initiate passed away due to complications from ritual circumcision. The circumcision rituals, known as Ulwaluko, are traditional within the Xhosa culture (and many other African cultures). The ceremonies signify the passage from boy to manhood.

Healing our Healthcare

South African public healthcare is in a state of crisis. We train some of the best healthcare workers in the world. Send a South African doctor to Haiti, to India, to a war-stricken zone, and they know what to do. They are used to working with restricted resources under harsh conditions. They save lives andContinue reading “Healing our Healthcare”