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French mysteries

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6949.277a (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:277
  1. T Smith

    The French are the closest neighbours for us British, and we look at them with a mixture of condescending superiority on the one hand (can't build decent public toilets) and enviousness on the other (make marvellous films). One thing they have clearly got right is the prevention of heart disease. The latest compendium of Coronary Heart Disease Statistics published by the British Heart Foundation gives figures for the age adjusted death rates per 100 000 population aged 35-74 in England and Wales in 1990 as 448 for men and 167 for women. In Italy the figures were 193 and 59, in Greece 218 and 69, and in France 101 and 32. In other words, …

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