Fanny Ethel Meltzer (née Awerbuck)

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1217

General practitioner Benoni, South Africa, 1943–95 (b South Africa 1908; q University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1941), died from renal failure on 18 April 2003.

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Fanny was a school teacher for six years before entering medicine. In 1934 she met and married Emanuel Meltzer, who had set up in general practice in Benoni, and he encouraged her to retrain as a doctor. After completing her internship she and Emanuel went into general practice in partnership. They both also served at the old Boksburg Benoni Hospital, where they were vociferous about improving the poor conditions on the non-European side of the hospital in the apartheid era. After Emanuel's death in 1963, Fanny continued as a singlehanded GP until her retirement in 1994. She leaves three children and two grandchildren.

[Margie Meltzer]


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