oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The first description of idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura and onyalai in Southern Africa?

Volume 26, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The recent article in this journal by Goldin and Gelfand reminds us that Idiopathic Thrombocytopaenic Purpura and Onyalai, descriptionbed a few years ago as a 'Disappearing Disease Entity', still occurs in this country. It appears that the condition is rare amongst Europeans, but it may be of some interest to readers of this journal to learn that what appears to be the first descriptionption of the condition in Southern Africa came from the pen of a European missionary, Price, who was suffering from the disease.

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