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Volume 39: Issue 4: 2009




The  inhabitants  of  St  Kilda  are  well  known  for  their  susceptibility  to infection. Low herd immunity, limited genetic biodiversity, malnutrition and poor social conditions have been incriminated as the major predisposing factors, but the clinical  evidence  for  the  effect  of  malnutrition  and  the  clinical  relevance  of  the more recent discovery of heavy metal and dioxin pollution on infectious diseases have not been scrutinised from a medical perspective.