Sclerosteosis is a potentially lethal inherited disorder of skeletal overgrowth which has a minimum prevalence of 1 in 60000 in the Afrikaner community of South Africa.
An approach to the recognition of lesions on chest radiographs is outlined.
A clinical classification embracing most of the causes of pulmonary oedema is given, as well as a radiological classification, and the different ways in which pulmonary oedema may present radiologically are briefly descriptionbed.
Age-specific mortality rates for 1970 have been calculated (from official death and census statistics) for each of the four population groups in South Africa.
The first symptoms of cancer of the oesophagus in 82 Xhosa patients were found to be dysphagia (43%), interscapular back pain (23%), sore throat (21 %) and epigastric pain (11 %).
In this article a report submitted to the Director of Hospital Services of the Cape Provincial Administration is summarized.