Western Diseases and What They Encompass

  • Denis P. Burkitt


As stressed in the previous chapter, the concept of diseases characteristic of more economically developed and affluent countries is the greatest advance toward the prevention of diseases to have emerged in the last several decades. The designation Western is not entirely satisfactory, since these disorders are becoming more common in more affluent societies in the east and Middle East. Nor is affluence a satisfactory word, since these diseases are often more prevalent in the poorer sections of Western populations. Industrialized is also inappropriate, since, for example, they are much more prevalent in largely rural New Zealand than in highly industrialized Czechoslovakia. Related to Western lifestyle might be the most appropriate term, but it is too cumbersome, and so Western is the term now generally used.


Celiac Disease Hiatus Hernia Dental Caries Diverticular Disease Pernicious Anemia 
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