oa South African Medical Journal - Malnutrition in the Native in the Transkei

Volume 26, Issue 25
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Figures are presented indicating the incidence of developed malnutritional states in the Natives in an area of the Transkei. The Native diet is discussed in relation to its inherent deficiencies with a view to indicating methods of treatment for the conditions reviewed. Attention is drawn to the fact that the syndromes of pellagra and ariboflavinosis may be the superficial manifestations of a multiple malnutritional state. Ariboflavinosis is emphasized in this respect. The medical gravity of malnutrition is stressed. Long-term, stable planning at high levels to eliminate the economic and educational factors which produce and perpetuate malnutrition in the Native is considered to be the answer to the total problem. It is maintained that there is no substitute for a balanced mixed diet.

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