A School of Struggle: Durban's Medical School and the Education of Black Doctors in South Africa
By: Vanessa Noble (author)Paperback
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Durban's Medical School has made an indelible mark on South African history and society. The first medical school in South Africa to offer a full biomedical education to black students, it laid the foundation of the black medical profession. Also, during a time of repression and political unrest it offered students an education in politics and activism. Alumni - among them Steve Biko, Jerry Coovadia, Nkosana Dlamini Zuma, Malegapuru Makgoba, Zweli Mkhize and Mamphela Ramphele - went from here to change the medical landscape, make history and set the tone of public life. Based on valuable, original oral histories and a sensitive interrogation of archival sources, this book presents a detailed history of the School from the 1950s to post-apartheid within its historical contexts. It offers insightful portraits of the School's pioneers. It tells poignantly of students struggling to overcome prejudice, structural hardships and discrimination in a quest to improve their lives, an institution and society. The Durban Medical School becomes a prism through which the recent South African history of education, medicine, resistance and politics are seen.
Vanessa Noble lectures in the History discipline at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on the history of health and healing in Africa more generally, but with a particular interest in biomedicine, especially the history of medical education and professionalisation, hospitals, and community oriented primary health care in the region of Southern Africa during the 20th century. This is her first book.
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