oa South African Medical Journal - An investigation into cases of suspected poisoning in Africans in Northern Rhodesia

Volume 39, Issue 16
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



From all the information supplied to me and collected by me during the course of my investigations into the cause(s) of the mysterious disease that had made its appearance in an African tribe in Northern Rhodesia in September 1959, it appears reasonable and feasible to conclude that the disease was caused by the eating, in a raw (uncooked) state, of one or more of the following plants: (A) Dioscorea quartiniana, (B) Acalypha indica, (C) species of Amaranthus, and (D) unknown poisonous plants.

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