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Lightning medicine in South Africa

Ryan Blumenthal, Estelle Trengrove, Ian R Jandrell, Gert Saayman

Abstract


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.

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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

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Keywords

Keraunomedicine; Lightning Medicine; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2012;102(7):625-626.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-08-08
Date published: 2012-06-06

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