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SOUZA, Edinilsa R. de. Homicides in Brazil: the major villain for public health in the 1980s. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1994, vol.10, suppl.1, pp.S45-S60. ISSN 1678-4464.

This paper focuses on the phenomenon of violence in Brazil in the 1980s. Mortality data provided by the Ministry of Health are used. The purpose is to demonstrate the growth of violence and its impact on the country's public health, using data on violent deaths, particularly homicides. It presents proportions and rates of homicides, by age and gender, for the country and capitals of metropolitan areas. The article points to an increase in murder of young people and females during the period under study. The author concludes by commenting on the results and proposing approaches and solutions to the problem.

Keywords : Homicides; Mortality; Violence; Epidemiology.

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