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Sun December 04, 2011 By:
 

what are immidiate and contributory causes?

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Tue December 06, 2011
The immediate cause of a disease refers to the main or direct cause of the disease. For example - For example, If a person is suffering from loose motions, we say that the immediate cause is an infection with a virus.
The contributary causes refer to other causes in addition to immediate cause, which help in the development of the disease. For example - In the above case, the contributary causes may be unclean drinking water, poor nourishment of the person leading to poor immunity, poverty, genetic differences etc.
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