Some of the common sources of error in the interpretation of the electrocardiogram are discussed. The error of adhering to too rigid criteria for normality in the electrocardiogram is stressed. Awareness of the ""normal"" inverted T wave is important. The influence of individual constitution, posture, chest deformity, autonomic nervous system imbalance, anxiety neurosis, hyperventilation and other condition entirely unconnected with the heart should be taken into account when interpreting abnormal electrocardiograms in individuals showing no clinical evidence of heart disease. Alteration of the ST segment and T wave, even inversion of T wave, occur in a large number of conditions remote from the heart. These nonspecific cardiographic changes should not be mistaken for evidence of coronary disease.
Conditions which may hamper the education of children suffering from schistosomiasis are enumerated and typical examples of cases seen by the author are descriptionbed. The warning that children should not be certified mentally deficient while they are suffering from schistosomiasis is uttered, and it is also pointed out that adults may be subject to the same disabilities.
*An address delivered by Mr. T . Lindsay Sandes, O.B.E., F.R.C.S., on the occasion of the laying of the foundationstone by Mr. Douglas Buchanan, K.C., M.P., of the new building of the Nurses' War Memorial Home, ""Clareinch"", at Pinelands, on October 23, 1947.