Regional Differences in Mortality in Belgium

  • J. V. Joossens
  • J. Geboers
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 84)


More than a hundred years ago the northern, Dutch speaking part of Belgium was a poor area, living mostly from agriculture together with some local industry. Many people in the north travelled daily or weekly either to the south, to work in the coal mines, or the north of France. Around 1890, infant mortality was extremely high, up to 28 percent in the two northern provinces West Flanders and Antwerp (Tulippe, 1952).


Serum Cholesterol Salt Intake Mortality Difference Stroke Mortality French Speaking 
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  • J. Geboers

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