oa South African Medical Journal - Harry Stein, 1925 - 2014 : izindaba- obituary

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



The career of Harry Stein, who died at 89 on 31 December 2014, touched the lives of countless babies at Baragwanath Hospital in some of South Africa's darkest years during apartheid. In a career spanning 37 years, Harry became Head of Neonatology and later Head of Paediatrics at Baragwanath Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand until he retired in 1987. Baragwanath (now Chris Hani Baragwanath) was a national referral centre and the only hospital serving Soweto at the time, then with a population estimated to be in excess of 1.5 million people. Running paediatrics was a formidable task. Baragwanath had 400 children's beds and treated 100 000 child outpatients a year; 17 000 babies were delivered each year. There were very high rates of low birth weight and premature delivery, with over 3 000 babies a year weighing less than 2 500 g at birth and often premature.

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