Surgery: Chirurgus Africanus In Circo Maximo

If Romans were still building those triumphal arches, the Forum would have a new one by now. Scipio Africanus would have felt right at home with the welcome given last week to a man who, until two months ago, was virtually unknown outside Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital. On his arch, the Romans probably would have carved Chirurgus Africanus, and perhaps added Maximus. He was greeted by Pope and President, tailor and teenager, the high priests of medicine and surgery, the promoters of movies, the doyens of fashion, and by a glittering...