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Does disseminated sclerosis occur in the Bantu?

S Kramer, R Lipschitz, M.B. Schwartz

Abstract


M. Gelfand states that disseminated sclerosis does not occur in the Bantu. F. M. K. Muwazi and H. C. Trowell in their comprehensive review of Neurological Disease among African Natives of Uganda, state 'we have never encountered any of the demyelinating diseases of the nervous system. It is true a few cases of disseminated sclerosis have been reported in Africans in West Africa, yet the case records and investigations were somewhat restricted and the autopsy material scanty'.

B. Goldsteinreported 2 cases in East African Natives, one disseminated in type, the other of the progressive spastic paraplegic type seen in middle-aged persons.

Craig Cochran reported a case in a non-European female of Xosa and Coloured extraction.




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