Beyond the Rhetoric: Towards a More Effective and Humane Drug Policy Framework in South Africa (Issues IN Medicine) (Report)

Beyond the Rhetoric: Towards a More Effective and Humane Drug Policy Framework in South Africa (Issues IN Medicine) (Report)

In March 2011 the Department of Social Development and the Central Drug Authority (CDA) hosted the 2nd Biennial Anti-Substance Abuse Summit in Durban with the theme ‘An Integrated Approach: Towards a Drug-free Society’. Some of the country’s top politicians, including the President and eight cabinet members, were participants. The main emphasis was on alcohol, and […]

TPMT Gene Polymorphisms: On the Doorstep of Personalized Medicine (Commentary)

TPMT Gene Polymorphisms: On the Doorstep of Personalized Medicine (Commentary)

Since the initial human genome sequence has become available in 2001, sequence variability among individual genomes came into focus of the research in the field of human genetics. More than 99 per cent of the DNA sequence is identical among individuals. The remaining DNA is responsible for genetic diversity (1). Polymorphisms are common genetic variations […]

Equity and Quality of Care Through Racial Profiling (Issues in Medicine)

Equity and Quality of Care Through Racial Profiling (Issues in Medicine)

Addressing racial profiling in South African medical research, (1) Dan Ncayiyana highlighted the debate over the past decade: from the position that data should not routinely be collected according to population group, (2) through editorial policies that rejected unwarranted reference to race or use of race as an explanatory variable, to the current position that […]

Ethics and Surgical Training in Ancient India--a Cue for Current Practice (History of Medicine)

Ethics and Surgical Training in Ancient India–a Cue for Current Practice (History of Medicine)

Diseases and ailments have afflicted humanity since antediluvian times. Man’s response in treating disease and, on occasion, finding its cause has been synonymous with the evolution of society, no matter how ancient. Therefore, medicine as we know it today is as old as Man, and must have developed with the first awakening of human consciousness, […]

From Mahlangeni to Gumede--the Second Generation of Black Doctors in South Africa (1913-1930) (History of Medicine)

From Mahlangeni to Gumede–the Second Generation of Black Doctors in South Africa (1913-1930) (History of Medicine)

Manasseh Robert Mahlangeni qualified as a doctor in 1913 (LRCP and LRCS at Edinburgh and LFPS at Glasgow.) He then practised among the Bhaca people in the remote area of Mount Frere, 100 km north-east of Mthatha (Umtata.) Unfortunately nothing is known about his practice, or that of his son, Robert Rose Mahlangeni, who followed […]

Assisting Victims of Sexual Offences: Ensuring a Professional Service by the Saps--How It Affects Medical Practitioners (Medicine and the Law) (South African Police Service)

Assisting Victims of Sexual Offences: Ensuring a Professional Service by the Saps–How It Affects Medical Practitioners (Medicine and the Law) (South African Police Service)

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act (1) (SOA Act) requires the National Commissioner of Police to publish a National Instruction (the Instruction) to ensure that the South African Police Service (SAPS) provide a professional service to assist victims of sexual offences. (2) This has been issued (3) and defines medical practitioners […]

Breaking Bad News--Ethical Dilemmas for Doctors Attending to Jewish Patients (Ethics in Medicine)

Breaking Bad News–Ethical Dilemmas for Doctors Attending to Jewish Patients (Ethics in Medicine)

Breaking news to a patient of an illness feared to be serious or life-threatening has always caused difficulties, both moral and ethical, among doctors and all other health care providers. Moreover, there are distinct differences in the approach to this topic among various religious and cultural groups. In any diverse society, such as that in […]