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Cardiac Disease of Obscure Origin in Africa

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dc.creator Gelfand, Michael 2015-07-07T12:10:46Z 2015-12-08T10:55:08Z 2015-07-07T12:10:46Z 2015-12-08T10:55:08Z 2015-07-07T12:10:46Z 1958-09
dc.identifier Gelfand, M. (1958) Cardiac Disease of Obscure Origin in Africa, Central African Journal of Medicine (CAJM) vol. 4, no.9. (pp.364-371) University of Zimbabwe (formerly University College of Rhodesia), Harare (formerly Salisbury) : Faculty of Medicine.
dc.identifier 0008-9176
dc.description.abstract Within recent years a number of papers have emanated from East, West, Central and South Africa, all reporting a form or forms of congestive heart failure, the etiology of which remains obscure. Interest in this subject began in 1946, when Bedford and Konstam published a series of 40 cases of unexplained heart disease in African troops, mostly from West Africa, serving in the Middle East. There were earlier references in the literature to peculiar aspects of heart disease in Africans. Although the cause may have been incorrectly attributed, the fact remains that these men had the good sense and courage to publish their findings. For instance, Macfie and Ingram (1920) reported the occurrence of cardiac aneurysm of uncertain cause in the African of the West Coast, which occurred in either childhood or adult life. The aneurysm could be situated in an auricle, ventricle or in one of the heart valves. It not frequently ruptured with the supervention of sudden death. In other cases the heart failed gradually.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Faculty of Medicine, Central African Journal of Medicine (CAJM), University College of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe)
dc.rights University of Zimbabwe (UZ) (formerly University College of Rhodesia)
dc.subject Health
dc.subject Science and Society
dc.title Cardiac Disease of Obscure Origin in Africa
dc.type Article

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