n Historia - A long-awaited exploration of military medicine
Healers, helpers and hospitals : a History of military medicine in the Anglo-Boer War, 2 volumes, J.C. (Kay) de Villiers : book reviews

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



At last, from the celebrated authority on the topic, the book (in two volumes) that historians and laymen interested in the Anglo-Boer War have been waiting for is on the bookshelves. Kay de Villiers, emeritus professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town, has been interested in the medical services and medical issues of this important South African war for more than half a century; he has been researching this topic since 1965. I became aware of this as early as 1976 through my senior colleague at Unisa at the time, Professor Johan Barnard, to whom De Villiers owes so much in terms of encouragement. And the result has been well worth the wait.

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