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Life span and disability in Sweden and Russia: Paper highlights poor health among Russian women

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1288
  1. Martin McKee, professor of European public health (,
  2. Vladimir M Shkolnikov, head,
  3. Evgueni Andreev, head
  1. European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7H
  2. Data Laboratrory, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  3. Laboratory for Analysis and Prognosis of Population Mortality, Centre for Demography and Human Ecology, Institute for Economic Forecasting, Russian Academy of Sciences, 117418 Moscow, Russia

    EDITOR—Bobak et al in their paper on disability in Russia provide further evidence on the high level of morbidity in the Russian population, a finding that is consistent with our earlier reports using a similar method.1 2 3 However, we disagree that these findings are consistent with the World Health Organization's …

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