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Vitamin A and Childhood Mortality

Laxmi Rahmathulla THE article on 'Vitamin A and Child Mortality' (EPW) appears to be based mainly on the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) report and partial information gathered at a workshop. The goal of the workshop was to promote dietary consumption of vitamin A and not a discus- sion on methodologies. However, some points raised are valid and we will attempt to answer them. Most of the other points raised have easy answers and question need not have been raised if a personal detailed discussion with the author was attempted. Attempts have been made to invalidate the study without looking at all the data available, The focus on the Madurai study appears to be in retaliation to the fact that the study received favourable editorials in the NEJM and The Lancet and some sort of polarisation between the west and the developing countries is attempted which should not be the view of any scientist. It will be a pity if scientific research becomes a victim of politics.

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