WE REPORT ON THE MORTALITY FROM traditional-medicine poisoning of patients admitted at Ga-Rankuwa Hospital. Data from three specific periods, 1981-1985, 1987-1992 and 1996-2000, were analysed. A toxicology textbook stated that 50% of deaths among black South Africans were due to traditional medicines, but this figure was based on a journal article that was grossly misinterpreted. Our results show that the mortality from traditional-medicine poisoning in patients admitted to Ga-Rankuwa Hospital has decreased from, on average, six patients annually for the period 1981-1985 to one patient per year for the period 1996-2000.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||South African Journal of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|