A series of 120 outpatients over the age of 75 years were assessed on a clinical, functional and social basis. The multiplicity of pathology, decrease in functional ability and social background are emphasized.
A survey of 1 286 deliveries was conducted at Sir Henry Elliot Hospital, Umtata, over a period of 6 months, from July to December 1970. All the patients were Bantu, mostly from primitive social backgrounds.
This historical glimpse into one particular corner of the South African war, the gunshot wounds suffered by soldier and succoured by surgeon, purposes to show that despite initial misgivings about the expected ugliness of the wounds which were to be caused by the Mauser and Lee-Metford projectiles on the battlefield, according to the ballistic experts, they turned out to be of remarkably benign nature to the astonishment of all military surgeons who had to do with them, and, in historical review, might be regarded as unique.