oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Sickle cell trait and intellectual ability

Volume 23, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Jurgens (ibid) holds that the school performance, as assessed by examination results of trait carriers (haemoglobin A/S) living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is poorer than that of students Without the trait (haemoglobin A/A). As these findings, if confirmed, would .have far reaching cultural, social and educational implications for populations where the sickle gene is prevalent, it was decided to ascertain whether a difference in intellectual ability between carriers and non-carriers could be shown to exist in a Rhodesian rural African, population. From Jurgens' work, it would seem reasonable to hypothesise that such would be the case.

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