n South African Medical Journal - Reflections on then and now : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



I am a former UCT Medical School graduate (1958) who spent a good deal of last year as an inpatient in the UK. This has highlighted for me the changes that have taken place in the intervening years - not the medical advances, but the social ones. I was one of about ten female medical students, a very different ratio to that which obtains today. Then propriety dictated that women and men had to have separate dissecting rooms for anatomy. One wonders what moral turpitude was feared should we have shared the same facilities. Obstetric practice was also taught in single-sex groups!

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