n South African Medical Journal - Where have all the flowers gone? : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The title of the recent editorial applies too to a related theme: gender imbalance. The distinction between male and female is a key dimension of population dynamics. In some southern and eastern Asian countries, the sex ratio has become skewed towards men, partly in consequence of gender-selective abortions; in the People's Republic of China, for example, the newborn male/female ratio is about 119:100.

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