n South African Medical Journal - Using the skills of academic elders : legacy

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The academic life can be very rewarding. It has many stages, and over the years, experience and wisdom are gained. Because of increasing life expectancy, new opportunities present themselves to senior academicians, therefore giving thought and preparation to becoming an academic elder is needed. There can be life after retirement!

Prof. Peter Beighton and I are of the same generation - the 'Traditional Generation' (not Boomers, or Generation X, Y or Z). We shared an office during our Fellowship in the mid-1960s at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA, with Victor McKusick. Consequently, I am delighted to contribute to Peter's festschrift and to reflect back over some of the things we might have learned in the last 50 years. So much has changed!

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