The work presented in this book is an attempt at a comprehensive statement of the natural history of the sickle cell patient as represented in Accra, Ghana. It is based upon the first 1500 consecutive patients personally observed and followed up by the author. Comments and discussions are, however, based on experience acquired between 1965 and 1977 in Ghana from active supervision of a total of over 3000 sickle cell disease patients, giving an experience value of close on 30 000 patient years.
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Professor Roland B. Scott MD, Howard University Centre for Sickle Cell Disease, Washington DC, in Foreword, p ix, 1991: “This is a meritorious addition to the medical literature and Dr. Konotey-Ahulu has been disclosed as a seductive narrator as he tells the story of Sickle Cell Disease”
Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS MD FRCP FRCPath, Oxford University, in Lancet June 29, 1991, Vol. 337 p 1590: “‘The Sickle Cell Disease Patient’ is a fitting tribute to a physician who has done as much as anyone to improve facilities to deal with this condition in Africa.”
Professor D. Geraint James MA MD FRCP, Royal Free Hospital, London University in Sarcoidosis 1992 vol. 9 p 73: “This thesaurus or treasure trove of information adds a new dimension to the world of sickle cell disease.”
Professor Alastair J. Bellingham MB FRCP FRCPath, Kings College Hospital, London University in Tropical Diseases Bulletin, 1993 Vol. 90 No. 3, p 164: “This remarkable study must represent the largest compilation and report of a single person’s clinical experience … For professionals working within the community and hospital I can recommend it as a marvellous feast to delve into.”
Professor Helen Ranney MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, new York, in Sickle Cell Disease, Editors H. Abramson, J.F. Bertles, Doris Wethers (C. Mosby Co.) 1972 p 320: “There is no single clinical experience in the United States comparable to that of Dr. Konotey-Ahulu.”
Distinguished Professor of Internal medicine Dr. Maxwell Wintrobe MD PhD, University of Utah, USA, in this book Haematology, The Blossoming of a Science – A Story of Inspiration and Effort (Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia) 1985 pp 378-380: “Dr. Konotey-Ahulu has contributed to our understanding of the clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease and other haemoglobinopathies in Africa … His contributions are especially noteworthy; the value of his work has been widely recognised … He has become increasingly involved with ethical matters and genetic counselling and has strong views against antenatal diagnosis and selective abortion.”
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