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Southern Africa is good place to research role of fetal malnutrition in chronic diseases

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7130.557 (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:557
  1. A R P Walker, Heada,
  2. K E Charlton, Chief researcherb
  1. a Human Biochemistry Research Unit, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. b Human Sciences Research Council, University of Cape Town, Centre for Gerontology, Cape Town, South Africa

    Editor—We are interested in Scrimshaw's allusion to populations in Latin America in his editorial on the relation between fetal malnutrition and chronic disease in later life.1 There, in the 1960s, despite a high prevalence of low birth weight, the prevalence of atherosclerosis and of myocardial infarction was low. Also in the 1960s, in villages in Africa, there was a high prevalence of low birth weight but little rise in weight …

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