South Africa has a rich history of lightning research; however,
research on the clinical and pathological effects and features
of lightning-related injury (keraunomedicine or lightning
medicine) remains neglected locally. By providing an overview of
keraunomedicine and focussing on South African perspectives,
we hope to raise awareness and propose that a concerted and
co-ordinated attempt be made to report and collate data regarding
lightning strike victims in South Africa.