oa South African Medical Journal - Tuberculosis in non-European psychotics

Volume 27, Issue 40
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



1. Tuberculosis is an important problem in mental hospitals for non-Europeans. 2. In many cases mass-radiography alone does not seem adequate for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in psychotics. 3. Clinical examination of the chest, using the stethoscope, is of very little value in the discovery of tuberculosis in most cases of psychosis. 4. In the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or of a state of health which may predispose towards the development of tuberculosis, the pulse rate, sedimentation rate and difference between morning and evening temperatures, are of value in psychotic patients.

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