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    Semi Views Barnard and wife at airport
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    Semi View Barnard speaks
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    Various shots Banard and wife at airport
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    Semi Views Barnard speaks
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    Reporter: Professor, while you were overseas in particular very recently we had many more reports about the possibility of you giving up medicine and going into politics?

    Barnard: "I never said that I'm going to go into politics that's not true . I seriously consider giving up active surgery for various reasons one reason is that I have more problems now with the arthritis and there has been ??? where I just couldn't operate and certain occasions I could only go half through the operation then I had to hand over to my colleagues the second reason also I feel that I've come to the point where I'm going to go down hill now and I want to stop before that Happen. I've always been totally involved with my work and I find I'm not that totally involved any more in that I get tired more quickly and so I feel maybe the time has come to hand over to younger boys that still got a lot of energy and they have great ambition still and that's the time you should step out of surgery".

    "I first went to the U.S. where I gave at one University I gave a lecture on heart transplantation and then I went to a symposium at Cincinnati on moral ethnic and human behaviour".

    Reporter: "Does that mean to say we'd be losing you here in South Africa?

    Barnard: "You won't be losing me in that I will leave South Africa but you will be in a sense, I will not continue medicine".

    Reporter: "You'll still be a South African surgeon?

    Barnard: "I still be a surgeon".


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