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Biographical entry Jacobson, Isaac ( - 2002)

MB ChB Cape Town 1935; MRCS LRCP 1937; FRCS 1947; FRCS Edin.

10 July 2002
Urological surgeon


Isaac Jacobson was a urological surgeon in Cape Town, South Africa. He was educated at SACS (South African College Schools) in Newlands, Cape Town, and then went on to study medicine at the University of Cape Town, qualifying in 1935.

He travelled to London intending to train as a surgeon, but, with the intervention of the Second World War, joined the RAMC. He served in the Army for six years and was imprisoned in France. He worked in hospitals in France and Germany caring for fellow prisoners of war, until he was banned from practising medicine because he was Jewish. After three years he was repatriated to London, where he was based until his demobilisation in 1945.

He gained his FRCS in 1947 and returned to Cape Town in 1948. He joined Groote Schuur Hospital as a urologist and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town. During his 54 years' service at Groote Schuur he helped found the uro-oncology combined clinic and advanced stoma therapy in Cape Town. In 1998 he was made an honorary member of the South African Urological Association.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed reading literature and playing the violin.

In 1940 he married Joan. They had three daughters, Carolyn, Linda and Mandy, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. Isaac Jacobson died on 10 July 2002. His family survived him.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [SAMJ Nov 2002, Vol 92 No 11, p881].

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