Past AJ Orenstein Memorial Lectures

AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture (1962 – 2015)

1962   Inaugural lecture by Major General AJ Orenstein held at the inception of the Museum of the History of Medicine
Mine eyes have seen

AJ Orenstein Lecture (1967- 1971)

1967   Dr M Weinbren (Radiologist, Chamber of Mines Hospital)
The centenary of the birth of Marie Curie
1968   Lecture not held
1969   Emeritus Professor PR Kirby (School of Music and History of Music, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg [Wits])
Dr James Barry
1970   Professor JF Murray (Deputy Director, SAIMR)
Napoleon Bonaparte – of what did he die?
1971    Professor PV Tobias (Department of Anatomy, Wits)
Darwin, disease and descent – an essay on the centenary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘The Descent of Man’ (1871)

AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture (1972 – 2015)

1972   Emeritus Professor JM Watt (School of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 1921-1957); Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1922-1924 and 1945-1948, Wits)
African medicine from primeval to twentieth century
1973   Professor M Gelfand (Head, Department of Medicine, University of Rhodesia)
‘Livingstone - as I see him now’

Two lectures were held:
Dr R D Aitken
Medicine and missions in South Africa during the nineteenth century

Dr EH Cluver (Former Secretary of Health, RSA and Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1960-1962, Wits)
Development of health services on the gold mines

1975    Professor JHS Gear (Director of Research, Poliomyelitis Research Foundation and Honorary Professor of Tropical Diseases, Wits)
Highlights in the history of Tropical Medicine in South Africa
1976   Emeritus Professor RSF Schilling (Occupational Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Uses of Epidemiology in the Control of Respiratory Diseases
1977    Professor L Schamroth (Professor of Medicine and Chief Physician, Baragwanath Hospital, Wits)
The Trial of William Craib
1978   Dr C Adler (Honorary Director and co-founder of the Adler Museum of the History of Medicine)
The life and times of William Harvey, founder of the blood circulation (1578-1657), in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his birth
1979   Professor AM Coetzee (Division of Occupational Health, Department of Preventive and Promotive Medicine, University of Pretoria)
Saga of pneumonia in the gold mines
1980   Dr EM Sandler (Leipoldt Memorial Lecturer, Medical Association of South Africa. Editor of the book ‘Dear Dr Bogus’ by C Louis Leipoldt)
C Louis Leipoldt: Medical Student Extraordinary
1981   Professor CH Wyndham (Institute for Biostatistics, South African Medical Research Council)
Acclimatization to heat in the mining Industry
1982     Dr WH Helfand (Senior Vice-President, Merck Sharpe & Dohme International, New York)
Art and medicine in professional communications
1983   Dr CC Freed (former Medical Superintendent of the Chamber of Mines Hospital, Cottesloe)
Orenstein onwards   
1984   Professor J Metz (Director, SAIMR, Honorary Professor, Clinical Pathology and Chairman of the School of Pathology, Wits)                                         
Blood, food & the researcher
1985   Professor Margaret R Becklake (Department of Epidiology and Biostatics and Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Setting the limits: how do we protect the environment
1986    Emeritus Professor F Daubenton (Wits 1946-1977; Professor of Medical Education and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Wits, 1964-1977)
A man for all seasons: Alexander Jeremiah Orenstein
1987   Dr RL Cowie (Head of the Department of Medicine, Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, Welkom)
The Five Ages: pulmonary tuberculosis and the gold miner
1988    Professor JR Kriel (Department of Medical Education, Wits)
Is medicine facing a philosophical crisis?
1989   Dr JW van der Spuy (Medical Research Council’s National Trauma Research Programme, Cape Town)
Trauma in South Africa
1990   Professor SR Benatar (Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town)
Academic medicine in South Africa
1991   Professor D Mitchell (Head, Department of Physiology, Wits)
Heat stroke from Western Deep to Mecca
1992   Dr Y van Schirnding (Director of Environmental Health, City Council of Johannesburg)
Environment and Health in the 1990’s: Towards a New Public Health
1993   Professor SR Benatar (Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town)
Academic medicine in South Africa
1994    Professor P Piot (Director of Research and Intervention Development, Global Programme on AIDS, World Health Organization)
The AIDS Epidemic: Past, Present and Future
1995    Professor W Makgoba (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Wits)
The Molecules of Life
1996   Dr DJ Ncayiyana (Editor, SAMJ, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town)
Health care in South Africa: Where are we headed?
1997   Professor KP Klugman (Director, SAIMR)
Pneumococcal Disease in Miners and Children
1998   Lecture not held
1999   Professor CJ Mieny (Department of Surgery, University of Pretoria)
Theodore Bilroth and Johannes Brahms: A musical friendship
2000   Lecture not held
2001   Emeritus Professor JCA Davies (Honorary Professional Research Fellow and former Professor of Occupational Health, Wits)
Early South African insights into the risks of asbestos dust exposure: Simpson, Strachan & Slade
2002    Professor R Thornton (Professor of Anthropology, Wits)
Traditional healers and biomedical practice: prospects and barriers to co-operation
2003   Mr Stephan Welz (Director, Stephan Welz & Co)
Museums, dealers and collectors: friend or foe?
2004    Emeritus Professor PV Tobias (School of Anatomy and Human Biology, Wits 1945-1993, Dean, Faculty of Medicine 1980-1982, Head of School of Anatomy 1959-1991)
At my Wit’s end? After sixty years at Medical School
2005   Dr Sydney Brenner (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego)
Nobel Prize winner 2002 (Physiology or Medicine)
Human biology: health and disease
2006   Professor Michael Kew (Dora Dart Professor of Medicine, Wits)
Cancer of the liver can be prevented: the first anti-cancer vaccine
2007   Professor Errol Friedberg (Professor and holder of the Senator Betty and Dr Andy Andujar Distinguised Chair of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas)
The writing life of James D Watson: Writing ‘The Double Helix’
2008    Dr Hendrik Scholtz (Group General Manager: Professional Development, International SOS and former Professor and Chief Specialist of Forensic Pathology Services in the Gauteng Department of Health and Head of the Division of Forensic Medicine in the School of Pathology, Wits)
Digging for the truth: Lessons from my casebook
2009   Dr Lucille Hellen Blumberg (Deputy Director, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service and Wits)
Outbreaks: New threats and old culprits. The work of disease detectives
2010   Professor Jiri Dvorak (Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, Spine Unite, Schulthess Clinic, Switzerland, FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman, F-MARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre)
Is football healthy and can health be improved by playing football? FIFA medical legacy for Africa
2011    Professor Francoise Venter (Deputy Executive Director, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), School of Clinical Medicine, Wits)                                        
HIV prevention and sex in southern Africa: Why can’t we get it right?
2012    Professor Karl von Holdt (Director of the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), Wits)
Towards the clinician-led management team: a strategy for fixing hospitals?
2013   Professor Jock McCulloch (Urban Development Program, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)                                                      
Dust, Disease and Politics on South Africa’s Gold Mines
2014   Professor David Salant (Professor of Medicine and Chief of Nephrology at Boston University Medical Centre)
Serendipity and the journey to a human autoantigen 
2015   Professor Barry Mendelow
Drones in Health Care