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112. Marmot MG, andothers. Epidemiologic studies of coronary heart disease and stroke injapanese men living in Japan, Hawaii and California: prevalence ofcoronary and hypertensive heart disease and associated risk factors. AmericanJournal of Epidemiology 1975;102:514-525.

113. Marmot MG, SymeSL. Acculturation and coronary heart disease inJapanese-Americans. AmericanJournal of Epidemiology 1976;104:225-247.

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