n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Why do we update? : editorial

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It is generally accepted that knowledge ages rapidly. This is true for medicine (as far back as the days of Osler - and in fact the days of Hippocrates) and for literally every other discipline. The practitioner who does not keep his or her knowledge up to date may therefore soon lack current factual knowledge. Developments in the field of medicine are so rapid that this situation will soon become hazardous to both patient and practitioner. The counter-argument, that experience leads to better understanding and that applied knowledge is in any case what is important, does not totally hold water. Experiential learning takes place in the context of a factual background that has to be maintained.

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