Long term mortality after starvation during the Leningrad siege: Authors' reply

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7435.346-b (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:346
  1. Denny Vågerö, professor1,
  2. Dimitri Shestov, professor2,
  3. Rosaria Galanti, senior researcher3,
  4. Pär Sparén, senior researcher (Par.Sparen@meb.ki.se)4
  1. 1Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Institute of Experimental Medicine, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, St Petersburg, Russia
  3. 3Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm
  4. 4Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

EDITOR—Croft makes the point that children of fat parents would have had a better chance of surviving the Leningrad siege: obese parents would be more likely to survive and protect their children. This may not have been the case. One of us who survived the siege (DS) recollects a common impression that fat people were among the first to die. Observing Russian prisoners of war, Leyton found “a big well-built man standing …

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