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The medical records of all British-born patients of a group practice in Coventry aged five, six, and seven years were examined at the end of 1973, for evidence of asthma, nasal allergy, and allergic eczema. It was found that while there seemed some support for the clinical impression that these conditions were more prevalent among Asian children of these ages than in children of the indigenous population, the differences did not quite reach the traditionally acceptable level of statistical significance.
A high prevalence of these illnesses was present among the small number of children of West Indian origin in the same age range. This prevalence was much higher than in the indigenous and Asian groups and the differences were highly significant statistically.