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Int Orthop. 2001;25(3):170-4.

Ethno-agricultural approach to the rural environment in the prevention of Kashin-Beck disease.

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Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Belgium.


Kashin-Beck disease occurs in several villages of Tibet; however, its local importance varies greatly. The ecoclimatological as well as the phytogeographical framework of the studied area are presented. An ecological approach based upon the ethno-ecosystem concept was carried out in the vicinity of each village. This study identifies 18 vegetation units on a structural basis; they were named for the dominant plants of each unit. Half of them belonged to the aquatic milieu. The different factors controlling their distribution were also identified. Particular attention will be paid to the links between man and the environment, particularly regarding alternative food intakes and water supply access.

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