n South African Journal of Surgery - Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand - a brief history : general surgery

Volume 44, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Extracted from text ... 44 VOL 44, NO. 2, MAY 2006 SAJS The original hospital in Johannesburg was a hastily constructed structure of wattle and daub that also served as a prison. The first major operation performed in this building, by Dr Hans Sauer in 1886, was the amputation of a necrotic arm that had been crushed by a wagon wheel. The first official hospital was built on land to the north of the burgeoning city. This piece of ground, on which the first permanent structure was built in 1889, was donated by the Government of the Transvaal. The Honorary J. M. A. ..

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