Fonds A2505 - Dr Jonathan Gluckman, autopsy reports

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Dr Jonathan Gluckman, autopsy reports


  • 1970 - 1993 (Creation)

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27 boxes

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Dr Gluckman was an independent forensic pathologist in South Africa. He gave evidence in numerous inquests and trials relating to political killings during the Apartheid era. Some of the cases for which he submitted postmortem reports are Steve Biko, Simon Mthimkhulu, Ahmed Timol, Neil Aggett, amongst many others.

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The collection came to the Historical Papers Research Archive in 1995 from "Medical Rescue International".

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The collection contains case files of some of the autopsies performed by Dr. Jonathan Gluckman between 1970-1993. The cases are mainly those concerning violent death as a result of police brutality or township unrest.

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This is a CLOSED collection and only accessible for relatives of the deceased.

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The Steven Bantu Biko file autopsy file was stolen from the offices of "Medical Rescue International" before the collection came to the University of the Witwatersrand.

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