oa South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Medical icons : inspirations

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



As I write, 6 000 gynaecologists are packing their bags to come to Cape Town. At the end of the FIGO Congress they will have many memories to take home, but for all of them an abiding image will be the looming presence of Table Mountain. Whether or not they ride the cableway, and even if the summit is cloud-capped all week, they will remember the sandstone crag that defines the city. People who live nearby forget the impact of such iconic sights. When I was a medical student in Edinburgh I was far too sophisticated to join the tourists visiting the local castle, though I had to admit that the rock on which it stood could look breathtaking in the rare Scottish sunshine.

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