Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune's Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune’s Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

SALT AND BLOOD PRESSURE A number of years ago, I covered my food with a heavy dose of salt before taking a single bite. After a while, my blood pressure began to rise, and I considered how foolish I was to add salt to my food at the table. I stopped adding salt abruptly, and […]

Traditional Healers Formalised?(From the Editor) (Report)

Traditional Healers Formalised?(From the Editor) (Report)

Traditional healers are the first to be called for help when illness strikes the majority of South Africans. Their communities have faith in their ability to cure or alleviate conditions managed by doctors, and much more. A visit to such practitioners’ websites (they are up with the latest advertising technology!) shows that they promise help […]

HIV Prevalence and Incidence in People 50 Years and Older in Rural South Africa (Scientific Letters) (Letter to the Editor)

HIV Prevalence and Incidence in People 50 Years and Older in Rural South Africa (Scientific Letters) (Letter to the Editor)

To the Editor: Studies of HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa usually focus on the age group 15-49 years. (1) However, estimates of HIV prevalence in older people are required for health policy and planning. The health care and social needs of older HIV-infected individuals differ from younger people; e.g. because of different co-morbidities, (2) different […]

HPCSA: a Mess in the Health Department's Pocket (Correspondence) (Letter to the Editor)

HPCSA: a Mess in the Health Department’s Pocket (Correspondence) (Letter to the Editor)

To the Editor: Normally I would have spared myself the effort and energy to react to the logically unsound, factually incorrect and bizarre editorial comment or article by J P de V van Niekerk, (1) Managing Editor of the South African Medical Journal, lest the true saying that arguing with unsound propositions might drag one […]

Estimating the Burden of Disease Attributable to Interpersonal Violence in South Africa in 2000 (Scientific Letter) (Letter to the Editor)

Estimating the Burden of Disease Attributable to Interpersonal Violence in South Africa in 2000 (Scientific Letter) (Letter to the Editor)

To the Editor: Violence, previously considered a social issue, is now an acknowledged public health problem. It is defined as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person, against oneself, or against a group or community, that results in injury, death or deprivation. (1) In this study we focus […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Public Health and Medicine in Thailand) (Affluenza in United States) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Public Health and Medicine in Thailand) (Affluenza in United States) (Editorial)

LEARNING FROM THE THAIS I spoke at a meeting of about 350 attendees in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 11, 2002, and had an opportunity to speak to several Thai physicians about their country and about medicine in it. Although I had been to Bangkok once previously, that visit was brief (24 hours), and my memory […]