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Many studies of the victims of famine, particularly since World War II, have shed light on the clinical effects of the deprivation of nutrients. For example, the Leningrad siege of 1942, where famine continued for two and one half years, resulted in virtually total infertility. In the Japanese prison camps full-blown beriberi, scurvy, pellagra, and starvation edema were found among American and British prisoners-of-war.
In no situation has the opportunity for a well-controlled investigation of the effects of starvation on human development been so elegantly used as that seized upon by the authors—the six month famine, which was restricted to
Famine and Human Development. The Dutch Hunger Winter of 1944-1945.. Ann Intern Med. ;83:290. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-290_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(2):290.
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