Two hundred cases of eczema or atopic dermatitis were treated with oral sodium para-aminobenzoate. Of these, 82.5% showed subjective and objective improvement in the first week; 43.5% reported marked subjective improvement in 48 hours. Fifty-seven cases took NaPAB for more than a month. Results of such maintenance therapy are shown. Attention is drawn to the frequency of septic complications during the first week of NaPAB therapy, and a possible cause suggested. Random thoughts suggested by the effects of NaPAB.
Summer diarrhoea of infants in countries overseas has been associated to a marked extent with the presence of certain strains of Bact. coli which have now become antigenically defined. A small but significant number of cases in the Bantu has been examined in the present series. All the cases were admitted to hospital suffering from gastro-enteritis but were unselected except insofar as diarrhoea and vomiting were the presenting symptoms. Neither antigenically defined Bact. coli nor recognized pathogenic bacteria were isolated from these cases.
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