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The hidden epidemic

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:603
  1. P Burney

    BBC1 Panorama: “Battling for Air” 14 February

    “Britain's hidden epidemic - asthma. One child in seven already suffers, and the number is growing all the time. As doctors seek a cause, could the answer lie with the air we breathe?” Panorama's answer to this initial question was an unequivocal “yes,” and a lot else followed. The programme touched the increasing prevalence of asthma, the causes of asthma, the adequacy (or otherwise) of Britain's air quality monitoring, and - rather less enthusiastically - the methods and cost of controlling pollution. Much of the programme dealt with the personal stories of …

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