The purpose of this article is to analyse to what extent the 'primipaternity model' may give clues for the comprehension of epidemiological descriptions past and present-and, indeed, it works in many respects. However, it is evident also that a proportion of preeclampsia cases cannot be explained by paternity patterns, and vascular disease predisposition in women (diabetes, obesity, thrombophilias, etc.) evidently comes into play.
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