Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Summary and Conclusion

A sample study of an African tribe relatively uninfluenced by western culture reveals that malaria, treponemiasis and hookworm infections are the three most important diseases in the Gola tribe, with average incidences of 15 per cent, 28 per cent and 62 per cent respectively. Some form of dermatitis or dermatosis was present in 32 per cent of those examined, with mycotic infection, tropical ulcers and pyodermia and scabies making up nearly 80 per cent of these skin lesions. The two most important pathological conditions of the urogenital system were gonorrhea and vaginitis.

Sicklemia was present in 19 per cent of a group of 100 children in this tribe. The blood picture was otherwise normal except that the differential count showed a relative lymphocytosis and a neutropenia.

Eleven per cent of the group showed some form of dental pathology, with dental caries more prevalent in the girls than in the boys of the same age and district.

The incidence of degenerative diseases in the Gola tribe is comparatively low. A condition called the “Open Mole” by the natives is discussed briefly.


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