Lightning medicine in South Africa
South Africa has a rich history of lightning research; however, research on the clinical and pathological effects and features of lightning-related injury (keraunomedicine or lightning medicine) remains neglected locally. By providing an overview of keraunomedicine and focussing on South African perspectives, we hope to raise awareness and propose that a concerted and co-ordinated attempt be made to report and collate data regarding lightning strike victims in South Africa.
Ryan Blumenthal, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria
Estelle Trengrove, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Ian R Jandrell, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Gert Saayman, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria
Keraunomedicine; Lightning Medicine; South Africa
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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(7):625-626.
Date submitted: 2011-08-08
Date published: 2012-06-06
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