Victor Dubowitz, pioneer in pedriatic medicine

Another Beaufort West shopkeeper’s son, who distinguished himself in medicine, was Victor Dubowitz. He pioneered major developments in pediatric neurology and made meaningful clinical and research contributions in the fields of neonatal neurology and neuromuscular disorders in children.  In 1965 he described a rare and difficult to diagnose, genetic disorder, which was named Dubowitz Syndrome in his honour.  Victor and his wife, Lilly (nee Sebok) co-authored a book, entitled The Floppy Infant, still today considered a classic throughout the world.

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