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Title: Obstetrics in Uganda
Author: Scotland, W. H. D.
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1960
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This thesis presents a study of the obstetric characteristics of the Baganda, a Bantu race with a low protein diet and evidence of disordered oestrogen metabolism. Disproportion, the most important obstetrical problem among these patients, has been investigated and evidence is shown that it is mainly due to prolongation of pregnancy, a condition which, when recognised, can effectively be dealt with as described with considerable reduction in foetal and maternal death rates. The work described also throws some light on the factors controlling pelvic shape, the onset of labour and foetal growth. The rarity of incoordinate uterine action, toxaemia of pregnancy and uterine prolapse among these patients has also been investigated and the probability that this is related to their oestrogen metabolism discussed. A strong plea is made for endocrine investigations, which have yet to be undertaken in East Africa. Apart from being of obvious benefit to the African patient, these might well elucidate some of the most important etiological and prophylactic problems among the white races at the present time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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