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Biographical entry Schulze, Wilhelm Gottfried (1909 - 1986)

MRCS 1949; FRCS 1949; MB ChB Cape Town 1933; ChM 1947.

Natal, South Africa
General surgeon


Bill Schulze was born in Natal and entered the University of Cape Town in 1927 where he had a distinguished career by obtaining first class honours in all the main subjects, which was a unique achievement by any student. In 1933 he qualified with honours and became house physician to Professor Falconer and house surgeon to Professor Saint. He developed a fine reputation in his practice and also worked hard as an honorary surgeon at the False Bay Hospital. His thesis on post-operative wound infection revealed the necessity to change into a complete operating set of clothing which was a pioneer feature at that time. He passed the FRCS examination in London in 1949 and trained in vascular surgery at Guy's Hospital before returning to the Groote Schuur Hospital. He was a popular teacher and a great help to many a struggling young surgeon by whom he was much revered. He was a keen photographer and indeed produced his own ciné film to illustrate his Masters thesis. His wife, Peggy, was a great support to him in his varied and busy successful career.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England