The recent changes in food habits in which the branny portion of the wheat berry has been almost entirely eliminated from the modern diet, has had two important effects. Firstly, th absence of the bulk-forming cereal fibre has occasioned a great reduction in the bowel content - a reduction that has not been compensated for by the increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. Secondly, it has effected a great reduction in the intake of the B complex vitamins. The recent rise in the incidence of gastro-intestinal disorders is believed to be associated with this dietetic change.
A method of obstetrical analgesia is discussed wherein there is little essential diference from the normal unpremedicated case in that uterine and muscle activity are unaffected. Pin is relieved in an effective, safe and prolonged manner and there is a rapid and flexible control of administration.
Blood counts are still too infrequently done. The need is particularly for routine blood counts by medical men rather than by laboratory technicians. The criteria for the diagnosis of anaemia are criticised.
A case of nervous disorder in a cape Coloured-Xosa female is descriptionbed and the diagnosis of disseminated sclerosis made. It is believed that this is the first time that this disease has been reported in the South African Native.