The literature on cardiac infarction in South-East
Asia is reviewed. A series of cases in a Malayan hospital is described and further figures of patients seen by private practitioners are also given. The difficulties in comparing the incidence either
between Malaya and the United Kingdom or among the races of Malaya are discussed. The figures that are given show that the disease is not a rarity in Malaya, but suggest that it may be less common than in the United Kingdom. Among the different races of Malaya the figures available for Malays are too few for comparison. There is a suspicion that the incidence is higher among the Indians than among the Chinese.
In the symptomatology a high incidence of painless
infarction is noted.