A School of Struggle
In South Africa, Durban's medical school has made an indelible mark on the country's history and society. As 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, the school offered students an education in politics and activism. Its 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 oral histories and a sensitive interrogation of archival sources, this book presents a detailed history of the medical school from the 1950s to post-apartheid. It offers insightful portraits of the school's pioneers, poignantly detailing the students' struggles to overcome prejudice, structural hardships, and discrimination in a quest to improve their lives, an institution, and society. In the book, the Durban medical school becomes a prism through which to clearly view recent South African history of education, medicine, resistance, and politics.
Publication Date: 11/8/2013