Cecil Alport, the son of a Beaufort West shopkeeper’s assistant, studied at the University of Cape Town and in Europe. He also returned briefly to South Africa and in time pioneered a cure for a nephritis, a kidney complaint, which was named Alport’s Disease in his honour. In the early 1900s he wrote an exposé on the horrors and atrocities of the Egyptian medical system and as a consequence had to flee that country, barely escaping with his life.
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