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Family size and paternal unemployment in relation to myocardial infarction

Burr, Michael Leslie and Sweetnam, P. M. 1980. Family size and paternal unemployment in relation to myocardial infarction. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 34 (2) , pp. 93-95. 10.1136/jech.34.2.93

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Men who had been in hospital for myocardial infarction (MI) were compared with other male patients in an attempt to provide evidence on the hypothesis linking MI with poverty in childhood followed by relative affluence. In each of three social class groupings MI patients came from larger families than controls, and a higher proportion of their fathers had been unemployed for more than a year during their childhood. This gives some support to the hypothesis that childhood poverty may be associated with an excess risk of MI. There was no obvious evidence of a greater improvement in social class status among the MI patients compared with the controls.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
ISSN: 0143-005x
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:07

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