*Based on an address given to the Durban Odontological Society. Chronic pain in the face after trauma which may be very trivial, is a relatively common and most disabling syndrome. Because there is no obvious local pathology, it is not correct to assume that the disease is a psychoneurosis. Injuries to local nerve-endings or brain-stem lesions have both been advanced as hypotheses to explain the causation of the pain. Treatment is notoriously inefficient, and it is suggested that frontal leucotomy should be performed more frequently in those whose life has been wrecked by the symptom.
Chorioangioma is a rare condition which is usually not diagnosed until after delivery of the placenta. When present it is not infrequently found with a uterus which is larger than the period of amenorrhoea warrants, particularly when the tumour is large, when premature labour is common. A case is descriptionbed in which a chorioangioma was found in the presence of oligohydramnios, with the delivery of an infant with club foot, and marked oedema. The pathology and clinical features are descriptionbed.
The incidence of sterility and abortion with uterine fibroids based on personal observations has been discussed, and compared with the results found in the literature. The influence of the age factor, where fibroids and childbearing are associated, and coincidental causes for the infertility are stressed.
A fatal case of poisoning with the rootstock of a 'wild grape', Rhoicissus cuneifolia, and experiments conducted upon rabbits are descriptionbed. The urgency of supplying all schools with coloured plates of all our dangerous plants is again stressed.