n South African Medical Journal - Peter Beighton on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), 1964 - 1965 : the man behind the Festschrift

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135
  • Author J. Duffin
  • Source : South African Medical Journal, Supplement 1, Jun 2016, p. 21 - 22
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    ScieLO SA (2016)
    The Sciences Citation Index of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI)



In 1964, during his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine in London, Peter Beighton spotted an announcement on the St. Mary's Hospital notice board. Dr Stanley C Skoryna of McGill University in Montreal was seeking medical personnel to join an international team of scientists bound for Easter Island; experience in tropical medicine would be an asset. This challenge appealed to Beighton, who had recently returned from military service as a medical officer with the United Nations in the Congo. He had the experience, the desire to see more of the world, and was curious about research; he saw no reason to hesitate.

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