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Beijing conference reviews Kashin-Beck disease

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7182.485 (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:485
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    Life is hard for Tibetan farmers in the impoverished, remote regions of the Himalayan plateau, and a little understood, disabling osteoarticular disorder-Kashin-Beck disease-is causing even greater economic difficulties for some rural inhabitants. A recent international symposium in Beijing, organised by Médecins Sans Frontiàres (MSF) and the Chinese government, brought together expertsfrom various scientific fields to review likely causes of this mysterious disease and plan research for the future.

    The disease affects people in a crescent shaped region through Tibet, northern China, Mongolia,Siberia, and North …

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