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Bright lights and big city health problems

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 29 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7226

Re: Bright lights and big city health problems

Civilization balances science and technology. Cities are a case in point. All cities have basically the same science, but big cities have more people and technology than small cities. This explains why small cities, in which science and technology are more balanced, often enjoy better public health. Sometimes, bigger is not better.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 October 2012
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA