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Attribution of time lag theory to explain French paradox

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 16 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1073
  1. Malcolm Law, reader,
  2. Nicholas Wald, professor
  1. Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London EC1M 6BQ

    EDITOR—After the publication of our paper in the BMJ of 29 May on why mortality from heart disease is low in France (the French paradox),1 it was drawn to our attention that the time lag explanation that we set out in our paper had previously been put forward, by Marion Nestle, in a letter to the Lancet in 1992.2 Wex were not aware of this attribution, and we would have cited it if we had been.


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