Geophagy (soil consumption) and iron supplementation in Uganda

  title={Geophagy (soil consumption) and iron supplementation in Uganda},
  author={Peter W. Abrahams},
  journal={Tropical Medicine \& International Health},
  • P. Abrahams
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Geology
  • Tropical Medicine & International Health
Despite the often limited awareness of geophagy, the deliberate consumption of soil by humans, it is common in certain areas of the world. This paper reports the mineralogical and geochemical composition of geophagical materials collected from Uganda, and indicates the potential of such soils in supplying iron to the geophagist. In countries like Uganda where modern pharmaceuticals are either unobtainable or prohibitively expensive, ingested soils may therefore be very important as a mineral… 

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