Poliomyelitis: Some Aspects of the Disease in Aberdeenshire, with Special Reference to the Outbreak in 1947

Chambers, William (1949) Poliomyelitis: Some Aspects of the Disease in Aberdeenshire, with Special Reference to the Outbreak in 1947. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In this Thesis I have made a study of Poliomyelitis in Aberdeenshire, where it first became a notifiable disease in 1913. In 1947, there occurred in Great Britain an outbreak of the disease of greater proportions than had ever been seen before. In that year, a total of eighty-one persons in the City and in the County of Aberdeen contracted it; all were admitted to the City Hospital, Aberdeen, and all were there examined by me personally. Firstly, in the Historical Section, I have tried to determine how long poliomyelitis has been present in Scotland generally, and in Aberdeenshire in particular. The incidence of the disease in both the City and County of Aberdeen since 1913 has then been cited, and the 1947 Aberdeenshire cases have been classified. Some Epidemiological Features of the disease, as they presented themselves in 1947 and in previous years, are then described, and a study made of its general behaviour - the places it visited, the people it attacked, and its effects upon them. Differential Diagnosis is then discussed in relation to five conditions simulating poliomyelitis which have been seen in Aberdeen. Finally, summaries of the case notes of all the 1947 Aberdeenshire cases of poliomyelitis have been set down in the Appendix, and two Maps have benn added showing the distribution of cases in the City and County of Aberdeen.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Epidemiology
Date of Award: 1949
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1949-79716
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 10:44
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 10:44
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/79716

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