oa South African Medical Journal - The witch-doctor and tribal scarification of the skin and the hepatitis B antigen

Volume 47, Issue 50
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



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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