1. How does one approach a puzzle?
2. Is there really a solution to every puzzle?
3. And when does one give up on a puzzle?
Dr Ryan Blumenthal will be drawing on his sleight-of-hand and magical knowledge, together with his forensic experience, to try and address these questions.
Dr Ryan Blumenthal MBChB (Pret), MMed (Med Forens) Pret, FC For Path (SA) Dip For Med (SA) PhD (Wits) is a senior specialist forensic pathologist at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Forensic Medicine.
His chief field of interest is the pathology of trauma of lightning (keraunopathology). He has been involved in the publication of numerous articles and textbooks on lightning and electrothermal injuries and has helped generate international standard operating procedures and guidelines for lightning strike fatality and electrocution victims.
He has published widely in the fields of suicide and other areas involving the pathology of trauma. His chief mission in life is to advance Forensic Pathology Services both nationally and internationally.
Interests outside of forensic pathology include sleight-of-hand-magic, mountain-biking, bird-watching, squash, running and novel writing. He also has a personal interest in innovative strategies and techniques in conflict resolution.