Let’s Talk About Women in Medicine

A while back, when my post about South African Public Hospitals was popular, someone recommended I write about women in healthcare. I chose not to because at the time I just didn’t feel really strongly about it. I suppose I kind of wanted to believe that there was no sexism in South African medicine, theContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Women in Medicine”

Healthcare for LGBT Patients in South Africa

In our third year, a friend of mine had an upsetting first shift in Trauma Surgery: the first suturing she ever did was on a young woman who had just survived corrective rape. Rape is common in our country in general, and so is the “corrective” rape of gender non-conforming women. A year later, weContinue reading “Healthcare for LGBT Patients in South Africa”

Book Review: Philida by André P. Brink

In 1832 at the southernmost tip of Africa, slavery continues to toil a seemingly impossible battle. Slaves at the Cape work the vineyards, build their masters’ coffins, knit their winter-wear, raise children – and sometimes, when their owner’s wives can’t or won’t, they bear them children. Slaves are barefooted. Shoes are for free men. SlavesContinue reading “Book Review: Philida by André P. Brink”

Demystifying Women’s Health

If you want to rile me up, you should talk about women’s health. Even the word, Women’s Health, annoys me. Why should only issues relating to my genitalia and my baby-making organs and my female hormones be referred to as Women’s Health, but the rest of me is… what? Men’s Health? And for that matter, whyContinue reading “Demystifying Women’s Health”

Book Review: Half the Sky by Kristof & WuDunn

When Mao Zedong uttered, “Women hold up half the sky”, he ushered in a new age for China. Arguably, when China moved towards utlising their entire population by empowering women, they moved towards the economic powerhouse they are today. In Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Pulitzer prize-winning couple Nicholas D.Continue reading “Book Review: Half the Sky by Kristof & WuDunn”

Women in Medicine: Maria Montessori

The Google -doodle (I love that thing) informs me that today is would have been Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday. I have visited some Montessori schools in South Africa, but I’m not well acquainted with the life of Ms Montessori. Lo and behold, it turns out that Montessori was first and foremost a medical doctor, andContinue reading “Women in Medicine: Maria Montessori”

The Abortion Post

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but was uncertain if I was ready for the flurry of spam/ hate mail that tends to accompany these kind of posts. One of today’s PostSecrets changed my mind. I’m pro-choice. Not because I know what my decision would or would not be if I wereContinue reading “The Abortion Post”

Women’s Day: Dr James Barry

Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa. It commemorates the many women – of all races and creeds – who marched against Apartheid’s Pass System on this day in 1956. (Obviously, women’s suffrage was of importance also.) The changing face of medicine reminds me daily how lucky I am to be a woman today,Continue reading “Women’s Day: Dr James Barry”