Soundings

Privileged men?

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1474a (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1474
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou

    Last year (BMJ;309:350) Minerva expressed satisfaction that the causes of the relative longevity of Greek men compared with other Europeans had been elucidated. The traditional Mediterranean diet may indeed be part of the answer, but I believe there are other important factors, some of which are now changing, which have favoured Greek men from cradle to grave.

    In the past the birth of a Greek male child was an occasion for rejoicing, congratulations, and celebrations whereas the birth of a daughter was usually met with the consolation, “Never mind! May she be well and the next one a son.” The boy is brought …

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