There was standing room only at the launch of a book examining the history of Groote Schuur Hospital, titled At the Heart of Healing: Groote Schuur Hospital 1938 - 2008. According to Prof Howard Phillips of UCT's Department of Historical Studies, and co-author of the book with Prof Anne Digby of Oxford Brookes University, Dr Harriet Deacon and Kirsten Thomson, the long process began in 2005, drawing on voluminous archival material and many personal interviews, to provide "a rich, probing history of Groote Schuur Hospital, in-the-round and in context". At the Heart of Healing provides a new kind of hospital history in its inclusive coverage of staff and patients. Phillips points out that the authors have taken particular pains to recognise both "beauty spots and warts" in their attempt to provide a balanced history of this landmark hospital.
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