n South African Medical Journal - Walter Hift : obituaries : izindaba

Volume 104, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Professor Walter Hift, DM (Oxon), PhD, FCP (SA), died on 5 July 2013. He was born in Austria on 7 November 1921. Walter served the Department of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as a consultant in general medicine and haematology for over three decades. He was loyal to the aspirations of the medical school and the university, a dedicated teacher and an expert clinician. His forte was in undergraduate teaching and formulation of teaching programmes, and he was passionate in the elicitation of physical signs at the bedside. He contributed substantially to research and to the medical literature on nutritional megaloblastic anaemia. The latter was the subject of the thesis for which he was awarded a DM from Oxford University.

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