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Criticism of study of childhood leukaemia near French nuclear reprocessing plant is unfounded

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:301
  1. Jean-François Viel, Professor of biostatistics and epidemiologya
  1. a Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, 25030 Besançon, France

    Editor–Two weeks ago Dominique Pobel and I reported our case-control study of leukaemia among young people near La Hague reprocessing plant.1 Dr Jacqueline Clavel, of Unit 170 of Inserm, which is the French national institute of health and medical research, has been quoted in the French lay press as criticising our results.2 3 She argued that the geographical location of the homes of subjects who participated in the study could explain the significant results (use of local …

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