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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 21, No. 3, 2009, pp. 96-100
Bioline Code: mm09023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2009, pp. 96-100

 en 75 years of Kwashiorkor in Africa
Heikens, Geert Tom & Manary, Mark


Childhood malnutrition has been with us since the early days of humanity. Its epidemiology, determinants and aetiology, nomenclature, pathophysiology, case management and ultimately prognosis has kept many –practitioners, scientists and policymakers- lifelong intrigued and involved. In the following (incomplete) overview we use kwashiorkor as the icon for life threatening childhood malnutrition and discuss its history in Africa and the relevant achievements in its case management today .


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