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Biosocial Factors in Infant Mortality: Multivariate Analysis of Rates of Births, Lethal Congenital Defects, and Infant Mortality

  • E. J. Bowers
  • R. J. Hickey
  • L. L. Junker
  • B. S. Zemel
  • I. E. Allen
  • A. B. Clelland
  • R. C. Clelland
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Abstract

The United States is among the 25 large nations with the lowest infant mortality rates but not among the lowest 10 (Wallace et al, 1982), A number of biosocial factors have been associated with these deaths including cigarette smoking. Ionizing radiation may play a role in congenital malformations since radiation is mutagenic and teratogenic at high doses. Background radiation, however, has always been part of, ecosystems within which humans have adapted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. J. Bowers
    • 1
  • R. J. Hickey
    • 2
  • L. L. Junker
    • 1
  • B. S. Zemel
    • 1
  • I. E. Allen
    • 2
  • A. B. Clelland
    • 2
  • R. C. Clelland
    • 2
  1. 1.Anthropology Department, Faculty of Arts and SciencesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Statistics, The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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