Surgical diseases of immigrants.

  • R. Miles
  • Published 1965 in Postgraduate medical journal


The Immigrant from far countries must bring with him to this country manifestations of disease which arise from racial differences and from tropical disease which may be common to many countries outside Europe. And yet it seems that the disease pattern seen in this country amongst them is not particularly remarkable, and from the paucity of the lilterature it seems that no one has considered it worthwhile putting on record their experiences of surgery amongst Immigrants. The Immigrant tends to perpetuate his previous mode of life as far as possible in this country, in his racial habits and his diet and accordingly some of the factors which foster disease continue to operate here. The search for any particular disease pattern will be more rewarding in specialties other than surgery-in the field of general medicine, in puiblic health, venereology and pathology. In surgery there is not much that is specific though there is a change of emphasis in incidence of certain diseases, many of which are conspicuous by their rarity or near absence. Others are made more serious by underlying blood deficiencies or endocrine deficiency, malnutriltion, etc. Indeed, it should be emphasised that the pattern of surgical disease is very similar in all the races, and that it is dangerous to look for differences where none exist. "If a Jamaican has the symptoms of Peptic Ulcer, it may well be that he has a Peptic Ulcer". Tropical diseases of significance to the surgeon which may be seen in this country include:-

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@article{Miles1965SurgicalDO, title={Surgical diseases of immigrants.}, author={R. Miles}, journal={Postgraduate medical journal}, year={1965}, volume={41 480}, pages={589-98} }