DP de Villiers, famous doctor from the Karoo

Daniel Pieter de Villiers, born in Beaufort West in 1900, and fondly known as “DP”, studied medicine at the Universities of Cape Town and Liverpool in England. At the latter, he met the great, highly respected, internationally known, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Blair Bell, who became a lifelong friend. Blair guided DP on a career path similar to his own. DP was one of the first doctors in South Africa to start a private hospital.  He also played important roles in agriculture and in the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage

© Rose’s Roundup, April 2012.

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