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May 26, 1999

Demography and DiseaseHuman Demography and Disease

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Susan Scott and Christopher J. Duncan, 354 pp, with illus, $74.95, ISBN 0-521-62052-X, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(20):1953-1954. doi:10.1001/jama.281.20.1953

The spread of AIDS across the middle of Africa in recent decades has obliged the United Nations Population Division to revise downward its projections of African population growth. The reduction in deaths from malaria and other insect-borne diseases after World War II forced earlier demographers to revise upward their projections of population growth in developing countries. Few demographers and epidemiologists today doubt the intimate interaction between human demography and infectious diseases. The demographic roles of famine, undernutrition, malnutrition, temperature, and rainfall are much more controversial.

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