Fonds PLC_001 - Clinical Photographic Collection (Filed)

Calcified hydatid of liver Pyo-pneumo-cyst Hydatid of brain Quiescent hydatid in the dome of the liver Hydatid cyst of brain Hydatid in erector spinae muscle Hydatids of liver and peritoneum Hydatid Hydatid of rib Hydatid cyst in humerus
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Clinical Photographic Collection (Filed)


  • 1920-1980 (Accumulation)

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A collection of 83 disease or body categories grouped in alphabetical order. Contains a total of 2948 mounted black and white photographs. Includes patient photographs, specimen photographs, object photographs, histology photographs, photographs of surgical procedures, radiographs (x-rays), clinical graphs, and clinical illustrations.

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Archival history

This collection is the accumulated product of clinical photographs produced at teaching hospitals in Cape Town affiliated with the Cape Town's medical school. With the opening of Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in 1938, the production of clinical photographs took place here. The photographer(s) are unidentified but it is known that the material was created by various individuals over the course of the collection's accumulation period, including technical assistants (Mr G McManus, Mr BTA Todt, and Mr CC Goosen) as well as professional and student radiographers at Groote Schuur Hospital. This collection was used for teaching in the University of Cape Town's Department of Surgery.

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Scope and content

Mounted black and white photographs dating between 1920 and 1980.


System of arrangement

This part of the collection concerns photographic cards that were filed according to pathology or affected body-part in order to be used for teaching in the University of Cape Town's Department of Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Conditions governing access

This collection is for educational and research purposes only. Researchers may be granted access by arrangement with the curator of the Pathology Learning Centre, Dr Jane Yeats. Any research study involving the collection must be approved by the University of Cape Town Human Research Ethics Committee.

Conditions governing reproduction

Digital materials provided on this platform are for research purposes only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from the Pathology Learning Centre.

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The University of Cape Town Pathology Learning Centre

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The clinical photographs featured in this collection were frequently published in various medical journals including the South African Medical Journal, the South African Medical Record, and the Journal of the Faculty of Radiologists.


The only materials described at Item level are those in files labelled 'Hydatids', located under Series H - Haemangioma - Hydrocephalus.


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BC PLC_00001

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