SICKLE-CELL ANAEMIA: AN EXPLANATION FOR THE ANCIENT MYTH OF REINCARNATION IN NIGERIA

@article{Onwubalili1983SICKLECELLAA,
  title={SICKLE-CELL ANAEMIA: AN EXPLANATION FOR THE ANCIENT MYTH OF REINCARNATION IN NIGERIA},
  author={J. Onwubalili},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1983},
  volume={322},
  pages={503-505}
}
The belief in reincarnation, widely held in Nigeria for many centuries, has waned in the past 30 years. It is most probable that the "reincarnate" child had sickle-cell anaemia, since this disease would explain all the clinical features and natural history of "reincarnation". Most reincarnate children died of Plasmodium falciparum or bacterial infection. The prevailing high birth rate and familial predisposition almost ensured that another sickler was born to the family. The widespread… Expand
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