oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Patterns of disease at selected Rhodesian hospitals

Volume 17, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The contrasting pattern of disease seen in hospitals in urban and rural areas affords an, opportunity to consider the varying problem of aetiology. A study was made of 145,000 discharges from Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo, over the decade from 1959 to 1968 inclusive, and this pattern of disease was contrasted with a similar study made over a period of one year of disease as recorded at Harare Central Hospital, Salisbury, and in hospitals in a Tribal Trust Land. Variations in disease patterns between hospitals in urban and rural areas and the relationship of these disease patterns to the provision of suitable medical services in urban or rural areas are considered. The organisation of such studies presents problems of comparison and the difficulties of making such comparative studies are illustrated. Nevertheless, a case is submitted for the continuation of such studies as the information derived therefrom is vital to the medical services in a developing country.

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