The Role of Affluence in Recurrent Stone Formation
The formation of urinary calculi is a multifactorial disorder and is the end-product of a number of pathogenetic mechanisms. It has been suggested that stone-formation in the upper urinary tract is a disease of the industrialized countries1. Recently, Robertson2, among others, has drawn attention to a possible relationship between urinary stone-formation and environmental factors. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the relationship between aspects of social infra-structure and the incidence of recurrent stone-formation.
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