The current pandemic of cholera has been in progress for almost 10 years and despite rigorous quarantine measures has continued to invade communities which have not experienced the disease for 80 - 100 years.
An analysis of two years' deliveries (1959 and 1969) at Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital has demonstrated marked fall in the postpartum blood loss, postpartum haemorrhage rate and duration of the third stage of labour, since the introduction of the routine use of Syntometrine with the delivery of the anterior shoulder of the infant.
A total of 554 cases in which membrane rupture occurred prematurely at Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, Johannesburg during a 3.5-year period is analysed in 4 groups according to birth weight, to elucidate which factor-prematurity or intra-uterine infection-carries the greater risk to the foetus.
Abruptio placentae occurs on an average in 11 patients per month at Baragwanath Hospital. In 7 years (1962- 1968) 1 228 patients presented with this complication and were treated in the obstetric department.
Two cases of fractured bronchi which have been successfully treated have been reported. Traumatic fractures of the bronchi following blunt chest trauma have been discussed in general and the importance of early repair to prevent stenosis and/or permanent lung damage has been stressed again.