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Editor,—Austin and Russell suggest that mobility of families may be more important in the aetiology of asthma then exposure to any one individual allergen or pollutant.1 This ties in with the finding of Hughes and Baumer,2 except that they failed to ask whether there is an emotional component to this. Most of us know that moving house is second only to divorce as a traumatic event in life, and considering the greater attachment that children have to their home (they after all spend more time there than adults as a rule), it is no surprise that this could be the mechanism of the effect these authors describe. In some cases the move may be due to family break up.
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