n South African Medical Journal - William Guybon Atherstone : his 8-day and 1 600 km house call to Oudtshoorn in 1890 : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: William Guybon Atherstone (1814 - 1898) became well known because for six decades he and his father, John Atherstone, practised medicine in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape during the turbulent Frontier Wars. When not attending patients, he pursued his interests in geology and botany. He is best known for having performed the first successful surgical procedure under general ether anaesthetic, and for having identified the first diamond found in the Cape Colony.

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