South African Medical Journal

The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) - first published in 1884 - is a monthly, peer reviewed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa. The journal now incorporates continuing medical education (CME).



SAMJ October 2020

The full issue of Vol. 110 No. 10 is available for viewing and download under 'Issues'  
Posted: 2020-07-08
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Online First: COVID-19 in South Africa

Table of Contents


Trends in paediatric tuberculosis diagnoses in two South African hospitals early in the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
L Lebina, M Dube, K Hlongwane, H Brahmbatt, S G Lala, G Reubenson, N Martinson
COVID-19 collateral damage: Alcohol rub dermatitis as an emerging problem PDF
S M Alves, A J Arendse, S M H Kannenberg
The challenges of maintaining non-COVID medicine services at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, during COVID-19 PDF
M Sonderup, W Spearman, I Ross, N Gogela, M Combrinck, M Setshedi, N Wearne, S Hoosain, J-J Kruger, B Mbena, D Boayke, T Muchenje, M Masikati, E Okeyo, B Makhura, J Botha, L Hlongwane, N Ntusi


Access to novel therapies for COVID-19 – distributive justice and Russian roulette? PDF
M S Pepper
Protecting healthcare workers: A critical part of the COVID-19 response PDF
L-G Bekker, S Delany-Moretlwe, B Biccard, L du Toit, L B Lovat, H-M Dehbi, R Moonesinghe, H Rees, M S Avidan

In Practice

Prolonged treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia with high-flow nasal oxygen: A story of oxygen and resilience PDF
G G Audley, P Frankenfeld, S Dlamini, P Raubenheimer, J Hoare, L Cairncross, R van den Berg, M V Gule, G Calligaro
Opportunities from a new disease for an old threat: Extending COVID-19 efforts to address tuberculosis in South Africa PDF
M Loveday, H Cox, D Evans, J Furin, N Ndjeka, M Osman, K Naidoo; for the National TB Think Tank 'Optimising TB Treatment Outcomes' Task Team
Age discrimination in critical care triage in South Africa: The law and the allocation of scarce health resources in the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
N Erasmus
Critical care triage during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa: A constitutional imperative! PDF
B Morrow, P D Gopalan, I Joubert, F Paruk, A Pope
Long-COVID: An evolving problem with an extensive impact PDF
M Mendelson, J Nel, L Blumberg, S A Madhi, M Dryden, W Stevens, F W D Venter
Maintaining focus on administering effective malaria treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
J Raman, K I Barnes, L Baker, M Blaylock, L Blumberg, J Frean, E Misiani, I S Ukpe
Managing the healthcare demand-supply gap during and after COVID-19: The need to review the approach to healthcare priority-setting in South Africa PDF
G C Solanki, T Wilkinson, E Daviaud, D Besada, C R Tamandjou Tchuem, S Docrat, S M Cleary


Postmortem lung biopsies from four patients with COVID-19 at a tertiary hospital in Cape Town, South Africa PDF
C Bruce-Brand, B W Allwood, C F N Koegelenberg, U Lalla, E Louw, A H Diacon, P T Schubert
The impact of COVID-19 on routine patient care from a laboratory perspective PDF
E C Kruger, R Banderker, R T Erasmus, A E Zemlin


Rapid evolution of our understanding of the pathogenesis of COVID-19: Implications for therapy PDF
F Mustafa, R Giles, M S Pepper