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December 10, 1932

Researches on Blackwater Fever in Southern Rhodesia.

JAMA. 1932;99(24):2056-2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740760066039

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This is a continuation of the work done by J. G. Thomson in 1922-1923, the results of which were published as Research Memoir VI of the London School of Tropical Medicine. It is divided into three parts: (1) epidemiology, (2) the blood and urine in blackwater fever, and (3) clinical and therapeutic. The epidemiologic section contains chapters on the topography and development of southern Rhodesia, the distribution of blackwater fever, the seasonal incidence and local distribution of the disease and its correlation with meteorological conditions, the association between malaria and blackwater fever, quinine as an exciting cause, and miscellaneous epidemiologic observations. Among the conclusions brought out in these chapters, the following are of particular interest: The statistics, which apply principally to the European population, indicate that the disease is chiefly associated with rural conditions. Urban centers probably were not always so free of the disease, but their relative immunity has

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