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Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1302d (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1302
  1. Sebastian Lucas,
  2. Kevin M De Cock
  1. Professor Department of Histopathology, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH
  2. Senior lecturer Department of Clinical Sciences, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    EDITOR,—Some of the points raised by Charles Gilks were omitted because of lack of space. During the eight month study all children found in the mortuary at 0730, six days a week, were tested for HIV infection. The HIV negative children were selected for necropsy by lot. Over 408 children in hospital and the community died; cadavers are not taken to the mortuary in a larger proportion of paediatric than adult deaths.1 The adult necropsy study showed that causes of death …

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