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November 1986

Neurologic Content of Family Practice

Author Affiliations

Neurology Department Kalafong Hospital Private Bag X396 Pretoria 0001, South Africa

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(11):1102. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520110006004

To the Editor.  —As James Q. Miller, MD,1 refreshingly and pertinently pointed out in the March issue of the Archives, knowledge of the types of disorders most frequently encountered in general practice is important to medical educators. However, it may not necessarily follow that the results of surveys from one particular region are applicable to all circumstances. Indeed, as Table 2 in his article reveals, of the five most frequent diagnoses in Miller's study in Virginia, two diagnoses were different from those of Murray's2 survey of general practitioners in Nova Scotia. To provide data for designing clinical neurosciences programs at Stellenbosch University, Cape Province, South Africa, a survey was carried out of the types of neurologic disorders encountered by general practitioners in Cape Province.3 In order of frequency, the five most common disorders were headache/facial pain, vertigo/dizziness, seizures, neuropsychiatric complaints (anxiety, depression, and organic psychoses), and weakness

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