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The world's health transition still leaves some behind

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

For all the talk about how the emphasis world wide is shifting from infectious diseases in younger people to more intractable chronic diseases in older people, two articles in this week's BMJ remind us of the continuing importance of infectious diseases in the young.

“The world's health transition” is the term given to this shift of emphasis, and it is, as Davidson Gwatkin and Patrick Heuveline remind us in their editorial, associated with reductions in fertility and improvements in overall health (p 497). Nevertheless, their main message is that if we …

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