Autopsy Analysis of Disease Frequency in Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire

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  • Departments of Pathology, Institute Medicine Tropical (Hospital Mama Yemo; FOMECO), Kinshasa, Zaire, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Northwestern Hospital, Geographic Pathology Division, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Tucson, Arizona 85723
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Between July 1973 and December 1974, 304 autopsies were done at Hopital Mama Yemo, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire. The causes of death and sudden death were tabulated and analyzed. The frequency of various diseases and groups of diseases among all the individuals and a large subset of individuals who died traumatically are tabulated and discussed. The present report is the most quantitative, albeit only, current estimate of mortality and prevalence of diseases in Zaire.