Editor — We are interested in Scrimshaw's allusion to populations in Latin America in his editorial on the relation between fetal malnutrition and chronic disease in later life. There, in the 1960s, despite a high prevalence of low birth weight, the preva lence of atherosclerosis and of myocardial infarction was low.
Walker, A. RP. & Charlton, K. E. 1998, 'Southern Africa is good place to research role of fetal malnutrition in chronic diseases', BMJ: British Medical Journal, vol. 316, pp. 557-557.