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South African Medical Journal

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Motor neuron disease in blacks

JE Cosnett, PLA Bill, AI Bhigjee

Abstract


A series of 86 black, Indian and white patients with motor neuron disease were analysed retrospectively. Although the material does not allow statistically valid conclusions, there are sufficient cases among blacks to allow two prima facie observations in this population group: (i) motor neuron disease has an earlier age of onset than in whites and Indians; and (ii) more patients come from peripheral and rural areas than would be expected in prevailing circumstances.

S Af Med J 1989; 76: 155-157



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