Health of Southern Rhodesia


    IN his recently published annual report for 1939, Dr. Andrew Paton Martin, medical officer of health for Southern Rhodesia, directs attention to the decrease in the birth–rate, the increase in venereal disease and the infiltration of tuberculosis in the colony. There has been an appreciable decrease in scurvy in the mining natives, but the methods of feeding the employees are still far from satisfactory. Of the tropical diseases prevalent in Southern Rhodesia malaria is the most serious, as it caused 10 per cent of the deaths in 1939. Bilharziasis followed it close, and leprosy is a big problem, but trypanosomiasis seems to be absent.

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    Health of Southern Rhodesia. Nature 148, 340 (1941) doi:10.1038/148340a0

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