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Infective cause of childhood leukaemia and wartime population mixing in Orkney and Shetland, UK.

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In Orkney and Shetland (the UK's northernmost islands), during World War II, local people were outnumbered by servicemen stationed there in case of a northern invasion. Such rural-urban population mixing promotes contact between susceptible and infected individuals. We compared childhood leukaemia mortality in wartime and postwar cohorts of Orkney and Shetland children. Childhood leukaemia increased 3.6-fold, (p=0.001) in the wartime, but not in the postwar, cohort compared with national Scot...

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Kinlen, LJ More by this author
Balkwill, A More by this author
Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
357
Issue:
9259
Pages:
858
Publication date:
2001-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1474-547X
ISSN:
0140-6736
URN:
uuid:36ad10cc-25e5-4a22-9f5d-bf8b00b1d405
Source identifiers:
113241
Local pid:
pubs:113241

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