ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mortality Toll of Cities-Emerging Patterns of Disease in Bombay

Mortality Toll of Cities Emerging Patterns of Disease in Bombay Radhika Ramasubban Nigel Crook Concern with the environmental conditions of disease control has until recently focused on water and food- borne diseases, for the diarrhoeal diseases have been major killers, especially of young children, both in rural and urban areas. Without disputing this approach, this article seeks to redress the balance of concern, and to caution against a too generalised interpretation of emerging trends. For in some of the large and growing cities at least, the mortality pendulum seems to be swinging away from intestinal towards respiratory diseases; however, the causes of this change are not as clear-cut as the current interest in air pollution might suggest.

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