Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 3–7 | Cite as

Perinatal mortality in Germany following the Chernobyl accident

  • A. Körblein
  • H. Küchenhoff


Perinatal mortality in Germany was investigated with respect to a possible relationship to the nuclear accident in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986. Using annual data of perinatal mortality, a trend analysis based on an appropriately chosen statistical model was performed which showed a significant increase in 1987. In addition, we calculated the cesium concentration in women's bodies using data of the cesium concentration in milk. We found two peaks of cesium concentration that were associated with the observed two peaks of monthly perinatal mortality data with a delay of 7 months.


Statistical Model Trend Analysis Mortality Data Annual Data Perinatal Mortality 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Körblein
    • 1
  • H. Küchenhoff
    • 2
  1. 1.Winzererstrasse 48, D-80797 München, GermanyDE
  2. 2.Seminar für Ökonometrie und Statistik, Universität München, Akademiestrasse 1, D-80799 München, GermanyDE

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