Talk in Cape Town on ‘Forgotten Hero of Medicine’

Feb 23, 2016 No Comments by

Dr Roger Stewart will present a free public talk on “Henry Lichtenstein : Forgotten Hero of Medicine” on Wednesday, 16th March at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Dr. Henry Lichtenstein was in the Cape Colony from 1802 to 1806. He undertook extensive journeys through the colony and made significant contributions to the natural history, anthropology and cartography of the region. Lichtenstein’s legacy to medicine has been neglected, yet he was the first to describe the clinical features and pathology of amoebic dysentery, which he observed during a lethal epidemic on Cape Town’s Rondebosch Common. He was instrumental in containing an outbreak of smallpox beyond the colony’s border; his exemplary public health intervention has prescient but has faded from memory.

About the speaker: I am a truant from academic medicine and physiology who has spent the past three decades in management and directorship of businesses locally and abroad. I also manage a collection of historical Africana maps and books. The collection of maps is focused on miniatures of the continent and South Africa and on maps of the territory that became the Cape Colony. The books are on antique maps and the history of the Cape Colony.

I represent the International Map Collectors’ Society in South Africa. I self-fund my research and write on the history of The Cape and its cartography. Particular interests are miniature maps and the Cape’s pioneer travellers and scientists, their maps and medical experiences.  I am a partner in a map dealership that specialises in maps of Africa and its part and that offers cartographic and historical services.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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