A simplified capillary method for the determination of the prothrombin level in patients on Dicoumarol therapy is descriptionbed. The use of the method in emergency cases only is emphasized, and its relationship to the standard laboratory technique is discussed.
Photographs of clinical trachoma and of inclusion bodies are presented to prove that trachoma exists amongst the South African Bantu. Trachoma was found in 94% of the children in 2 villages near the Jane Furse Memorial Hospital in Sekukuniland. Of the 503 children examined, 68 had apparently normal lids. When 47 of these cases were examined by loupe, 38 were found to have pannus. This indicates that trachoma heals not infrequently without scarring but leaves diagnostic blood vessels in the cornea.
The pathology of quinsy is outlined. The incidence of the disease is discussed. Abscess tonsillectomy is defined. The experience of 57 cases of abscess tonsillectomy is presented. The detailed progress of 25 of these cases is tabulated. A discussion on the merits of abscess tonsillectomy over the standard technique of treatment is given.
A review of the literature of electroshock treatment during pregnancy has been presented. An additional case report has been contributed. In all, 12 favourable reports have been recorded from the literature, over 80 individual treatments being involved. Treatment has been given at all stages of pregnancy. A single case has been given as many as 30 treatments. Of the unfavourable reports, there is only one in which electroshock treatment was possibly responsible for an abortion. In this case it was probable that there were other factors contributing to the abortion. In no instance did injury to a foetus occur which could be reasonably attributed to electroshock therapy. The personal views of an obstetrician, supporting the findings of this investigation, have been quoted.