Louis SolomonBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7359 (Published 01 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7359
- Evert Smith
Louis Solomon was the well-mannered son of a grain dealer, a country boy who spent his childhood swimming in the “spruits” of the Orange River and playing in the heat and dust of his home town, Keimoes in the North Western Cape of South Africa. His mother, Anne, a Glaswegian, taught him the importance of art and culture, while his father, Solly, imparted the values of integrity, hard work, application, and humility.
In January 1942, when Louis was 13, he entered the South African College School (SACS) in Newlands, Cape Town. He was an outstanding student and completed matriculation at age 17, leaving the school in December 1945. He was awarded the Victoria Memorial (University) scholarship to study medicine at the University of Cape Town, where he won the prize for general surgery in 1950 and obtained his MBChB in 1951. He worked as a houseman at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, under George Sacks; then as a houseman at Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg. He also did a housemanship in …