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Kenneth Cunningham Rankin

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e418
  1. Geoffrey Walker

Kenneth Cunningham Rankin (“Ken”) was born in Egypt and divided his life between serving in Africa and in Scotland. He did well at school, where he was inspired by reading an account of the work of Albert Schweitzer in Africa. After graduating from Edinburgh University he continued his surgical training in the same Institution. However, travel was always in his blood, and he spent a year as a surgeon on the Canberra. In 1967 the lure of Africa proved irresistible, and he worked for a year at the Sibasa Rural Hospital in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The next year found him based at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, but he combined this with visits to rural areas in Natal and elsewhere, helping people displaced by the apartheid …

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