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Africa Judging by the well-documented high prevalence of E. , 1956), the occurrence of abscess seems to be small. This may be a false view, as autopsies are not commonly performed in that country. The figures from North Africa are also low, and it would seem that the bad reputation of Tunis, Algeria and Morocco has, in no small part, been based on troops with previous servicein Indo-China. Coirault et al. (1955) report fifteen verified cases from Oran-but only one of these was indigenous. Corcos et al.

T H E EPIDEMIOLOGY O F A M O E B I A S I S 13 grew amoebae from different sources together in the same test tube, with a joint flora, and then constructed size-distribution curves. Using a strain of E. , 1958) into monoxenic (Clostridium welchii) culture as a criterion, they grew this together with other strains, some from liver and some from stools, both dysenteric and apparently normal. Whereas strains from invaded cases gave unimodal curves when grown together with the standard strain, some strains isolated from faeces gave bimodal curves.

Until such time as sufficient, competent, objective personnel can use standard method and criteria on adequately sampled populations, any attempt at mapping the faecal protozoa is doomed to failure. 22 RONALD ELSDON-DEW TABLEI1 Reports of large and small E. histolytica ~~~ ~~~ Percentage Author Place, etc. No. , 1958b Colless, 1958 Gaud et a/.. 1943 Kuntz et al.. , 1958a Kuntz, 1960 Kuntz and Wells, 1962 Kuntz and Lawless, 1960 Kuntz et a].. B. C. , 1949 Bach, 1949 Bach, 1949 Bach, 1949 Bach, 1949 Bach, 1949 Bach, 1949 Piekarski, 1949 Piekarski, 1954 Pohn, 1951 Angelini, 1944 Bucco and Chieffi, 1954 Mazzitelli, 1959 Simic, 1935 Simitch and Petrovitch, I955 Savateen, 1941 Place, etc.

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