Multivariate Relationships between Soil Composition and Human Mortality Rates in Missouri
Published:January 01, 1975
Ronald R. Tidball, Herbert I. Sauer, 1975. "Multivariate Relationships between Soil Composition and Human Mortality Rates in Missouri", Trace Element Geochemistry in Health and Disease, Jacob Freedman
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Premature death among humans in the state of Missouri appears to have little relation to the composition of soils in the vicinity of their usual residency. Our conclusion contrasts with a considerable part of the literature, which implies that soil is a factor affecting human health. The difference may arise either because people living in a given environment may not expose themselves in such a way as to be affected by the soil or because other important factors may overshadow the effect of soils.
Other studies have suggested a correlation between the incidence of either human disease or human mortality...