A Study of Trachoma in Baluchistan

Shannon, Peter (1933) A Study of Trachoma in Baluchistan. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Trachoma, though rarely found to any extent in the British Isles nowadays,is still one of the unsolved problems throughout the Empire and in the protectorates in the East. In Egypt and Palestine the disease is still widespread, and one of the main causes of blindness and disablement among the masses. This present investigation was carried out in various classes of soldiers and civilians, in an endeavour to obtain more accurate knowledge of the disease as it occurs in the various classes of the people, and any differences resulting from their surroundings, mode of living, occupation, etc. In this thesis, a study has been made of the disease in Baluchistan, the results being derived from the examination of troops serving here and comparisons made in the different classes and with the civilian inhabitants. The treatments were carried out in active eases with the object of finding a short effective treatment for the disease which, bearing in mind, the general illiteracy of the masses, their inherent dislike and fear of Western methods, would be suitable for use, not only in the hospitals and large institutions, but also by the village and bazaar doctors practising European methods. From such a study of the incidence, nature, and course of the disease as seen in Baluchistan, and comparisons with other observers in this and other countries, an insight is obtained of the measures necessary for combating the disease on a national scale.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Epidemiology
Date of Award: 1933
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1933-80012
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 10:08
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/80012

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