Western Disease

End of the Beginning
  • Norman J. Temple
  • Denis P. Burkitt


Two full decades have now elapsed since the concept of “Western disease” was proposed. During that time it has gained widespread acceptance. Often this has been in the form of adopting the philosophy underlying the concept—that many of our common noninfective diseases are caused by our environment—but without actually using the term “Western disease.” Be that as it may, few can doubt the enormous impact of the Western disease concept.


Widespread Acceptance Enormous Impact Conservative Force Introductory Chapter Tremendous Opportunity 
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    World Health Organization Study Group. Diet, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Geneva: WHO, 1990Google Scholar

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© Humana Press, Totowa, NJ 1994

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  • Norman J. Temple
  • Denis P. Burkitt

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