Special issues in the Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine

Smith, Derek R., Goldsmid, John, and Leggat, Peter (2008) Special issues in the Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Annals of the ACTM, 9 (2). pp. 30-31.

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[Extract] We are delighted to introduce our first "Special Isssue" ever published in the Annals of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. This issue contains unfinished memoirs of the late Emeritus Professor Margaretha Isaacson (1929-2001), a pioneering figure in tropical disease research who spent most of her professional life in South Africa. As Dr Frean has explained in his forward, Isaacson was originally born in the Netherlands and suffered as a child during World War Two in Europe. She later immigrated to Israel and served in the Israeli Air Force, before eventually finding her way to South Africa and a career in tropical medicine. Isaacson qualified in medicine relatively late in life, graduating with an M.B., Ch.B. degree in 1963, followed by a D.P.H. in 1972 and a D.Sc. (Medicine) in 1988. She had investigated the Marburg virus outbreak in Johannesburg during 1975, and in the 1980s, when a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) had sharply rejected attempts to find political meaning in the spread of cholera across South Africa, Isaacson was involved in the global campaign to eradicate smallpox, as well as plague research in northern Namibia. Her experience of the emergence of Ebola virus in Zaire during 1976 provided valuable insight for managing subsequent outbreaks, such as in Kitwit in 1995.

Item ID: 25123
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
Keywords: tropical medicine, journal, history
ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 05:39
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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