oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Pioneers in South African anaesthesia : Thomas Voss and the "Elephant Tube" : vignettes of South African anaesthesic history

Volume 19, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Thomas James "Tom" Voss was born in Windhoek, Namibia, on 26 March 1926. He matriculated in South Africa from Pretoria Boys High School, and qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1950. After passing the Conjoint Diploma in Anaesthesia in London, he was appointed as a registrar in the Department of Anaesthesia at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1954. He was appointed as a specialist at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1958, and developed a special interest in the relatively new discipline of paediatric anaesthesia. In 1961, he became Head of Department at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, taking over from his mentor, Arthur Bull. In 1975, he was promoted ad hoc to Associate Professor at UCT.

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