oa South African Medical Journal - The witch-doctor and tribal scarification of the skin and the hepatitis B antigen
|Article Title||The witch-doctor and tribal scarification of the skin and the hepatitis B antigen|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Medicine, Johannesburg Hospital and University of the Witwatersrand and the South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Dec 1973|
|Pages||2419 - 2420|
|Keyword(s)||Dermatology, Hepatitis B antigen, Tribal medicine, Tribal scarification and Witch-doctor|
The possible role that scarification of the skin by witchdoctors, or during ritual tribal ceremonies, plays in the high frequency of the hepatitis B antigen (HB Ag) carrier state in South African Bantu, has been investigated.
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