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Aspects of tropical paediatrics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  795103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malnutrition interacting with infectious and parasitic diseases are the main causes of the appalling mortality in childhood in the tropics. The most important single safeguard against these in infancy is breast feeding and the trend now evident to abandon this is a disaster which demands urgent attention. Reasons for this trend are discussed. Efforts to control infectious diseases, other than smallpox, have had little success and the emergence and spread of dengue haemorrhagic fever in S.E. Asia have added new dimensions to the problem. Malaria is still widely prevalent in the tropics and falciparum malaria, holoendemic in much of Africa, remains a major cause of death with its most serious impact on pregnant women and children. The emergence and spread of drug resistant strains of this parasite in parts of the world is a cause for serious concern. Quartan malaria is also an insidious corruptor of health in childhood and commonly causes the nephrotic syndrome. Neonatal jaundice, often associated with G6PD deficiency, is increasing in frequency in urban areas of Africa and now constitutes a significant hazard to the newborn and requires urgent investigation. These problems in tropical paediatrics indicate the need for urgent reappraisal of our role as a profession in the affairs of the tropical developing world.
R G Hendrickse
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0035-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  1976  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-02-16     Completed Date:  1977-02-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506129     Medline TA:  Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Child, Preschool
Dengue / immunology
Developing Countries
Diarrhea, Infantile / epidemiology
Glucosephosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency / epidemiology
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / epidemiology
Malaria / epidemiology
Maternal Behavior
Nutrition Disorders / epidemiology
Plasmodium falciparum
Plasmodium malariae
Tropical Medicine*

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