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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:887
  1. Tammy J Clifford, director of epidemiology (
  1. Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada

    Eds Diana Kuh Rebecca Hardy

    Oxford University Press £37.50, pp 419

    ISBN 0 19 263289 2

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    Embedded Image As a paediatric epidemiologist, I believe—and hope—that the life course approach will shape health and healthcare research over the next century. As Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy make clear, we have made great progress with the health of many of the world's populations. However, much work remains to be done, especially among traditionally understudied groups such as women and children.

    The life course approach is based on the belief that “various biological …

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