Coma The Common Causes In An African Medical Ward
Coma is a common reason for a patient to be admitted to hospital. It has many causes and the physician attending a comatose patient must determine its etiology at an early stage so that the appropriate therapy can be instituted. The causes of coma are well known but, in a country like Rhodesia, where the pattern of disease differs from that of Europe, it seems that it would be a worthwhile procedure to find out the more usual causes of coma in African patients admitted to hospital. Most of the patients in this ward are adult but a few children (over the age of seven) are seen. The cases were studied consecutively in a prospective manner. Thus in this study, from 1963 to 1965 inclusive, only factors related to the cause of the coma were considered and not the outcome of the disease.
Full Text LinksGelfand, Michael (1973) Coma The Common Causes in an African Medical Ward, CAJM vol. 19, no.7. Harare (formerly Salisbury), Avondale: CAJM
Central African Journal of Medicine (CAJM), University of Zimbabwe (formerly University College of Rhodesia.)
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