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Ethnic differences in health are seen in other countries

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.947a (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:947
  1. Alexander R P Walker,
  2. Isidor Segal
  1. Head of unit Human Biochemistry Research Unit South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
  2. Head of gastroenterology unitDepartment of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    EDITOR,--Rajendra Kale's article giving his impressions of health in the new South Africa has limitations in terms of both accuracy and perspective.1 Kale is critical of the progress made, but his table gives detailed data on health and disease for a decade ago; surely such data for 1990 or later could have been obtained. He cites South Africa as exhibiting “the worst of Third World medicine.” This is not correct. Infant mortality in Ethiopia is 130/1000 live births, which is double that cited for local Africans (61/1000). Referring to Baragwanath Hospital in …

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