(Note - Dr. Pravetz has since left Port Nolloth, but we are retaining the article for historical purposes)

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Tuesday to Thursday. Tel: 027 831 1920 ; Address: 1 Hospital Street.

It has taken one Sunday morning of emergency bodily repairs to develop a respectful  esteem of this highly intellectual yet down to earth individual who in some way, seems to be out of place in North Western Namaqualand. He was involved in multiple academic disciplines that most of us would hardly have mastered if we focused on only one of them for our entire lives, and studied, lectured, published, practiced medicine, did research and presented papers in, amongst others, South Africa, Philadelphia, Delaware, New York, Pakistan and Kentucky. He'll stitch you together, and make you feel better by saying: You'll be o'k, but I think your modeling career is over!
His repertoire includes phrases that will make any little boy stand in awe.
  • He reached the rank of Lt. Colonel select in the United States Army Reserve, Medical Corps.
  • He was Brigade Psychiatrist for Operation Desert Sands at Fort Bliss, Texas.
  • He specialized in Combat Stress Support and the Psychological Aspects of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare.
  • He was Acting Chief of Professional Services at the 405th Combat Support Hospital.
  • He has undergone Post Doctoral Training in Forensic Psychiatry in Philadelphia.
  • Most recently he qualified as Diving Medical Officer at the University of Stellenbosch, February 2010.
The opening paragraph of his CV reads as follows:

"The following pages constitute a summary and general overview of my achievements in three interrelated fields: Sociology, Medicine and Law. From 2001 until 2005, my efforts, energy and time were concentrated into full time study towards the degree of Bachelor of Legal Letters, culminating with the distinction of being honored as top law student at the University of South Africa at the 2006 Commencement Ceremony held in Pretoria, South Africa. At this ceremony, I received a lifetime honor to have my academic hood draped by Senior Advocate Henry Lever of the Northwest Province, who was the Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand during my tenure in that department." - Dr. Pravetz.

Dr. Pravetz is not only a Medical Practioner. His achievements cover three interrelated fields: Sociology, Medicine and Law.
His studies in Law and Medicine followed on his focus in the field of Sociology.  "My initial academic concentration was in Sociology, for both undergraduate and graduate studies. With this background, I started a full time teaching career at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. I replaced Professor Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert who had just been elected Member of Parliament for the Progressive Reform Party." - Dr. Pravetz.
"The field of Sociology has many aspects, including Medical Sociology. My research leanings in this field eventually led to my pursuing formal studies in Medicine. Initially, my general interests are in the field of General Medicine, but I have initiated speciality studies in Anesthesiology in South Africa, and now lie in issues surrounding the management and development of HIV / AIDS treatment in South Africa." - Dr. Pravetz. Components of Sociology led to his interest in Medicine.

Dr. Pravetz is an interesting and remarkable man. In this article we have only touched surface on the output throughout his academic and professional career. We will conclude with reference to some of the papers that he presented and awards that he received.


Papers Presented

  • 2006 - The Stigma of AIDS: Global Considerations. International TB and HIV Modeling Conference.
  • 2000 - Psychiatric Conundrum: Security vs. Confidentiality: The Conflicted Role of the Prison Psychiatrist. Pennsylvania Annual Forensic Symposium.
  • 1998 - A Clinical Overview of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. United States Army Annual Behavioral Sciences Short Course.

Awards Received: 2000 - 2005

  • 2005 - The Kinsey Award for Excellence in Teaching, John L. Kinsey School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 2004 - The Manfred Nathan Bequest Bursary for the Most Outstanding Student, by the University of South Africa School of Law.
  • 2000 - United States Army Commendation Medal, 348th General Hospital.

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