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Shanthi Mendis MD, FRCP, FRCPE
A.M.L.Beligaswatte, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Edin),

Editorial Board
Tilak Abeysekera MD. MRCP
M. D. Lamawansa MBBS, MS
Nimal Senanayake MD, FRCP, FRCPE, PhD
J. Sirisena MS MRCOG
M. de S. Wijesundera MD, PhD

International Advisory Board

Gerry Shaper MB.,ChB., FRCP., FRCPath., FFPHM., DTM & H.
London, UK.

WMG Tunbridge MA., MD., FRCP.
Oxford, UK.

J Shepherd BSc., MB.,ChB., PhD., FRCPath., FRCP., FRSE.

Salim Yusuf , DPhil., FRCP(UK)., FRCP(C)., FACC.
Ontario, Canada.

Mirande Candito BSc., MD., PhD.
Nice, France.

Advisors on statistics
A. R. Wickremasinghe MBB, PhD
Kumudu Wijewardena MBB, MD

Editorial Assistants
Sampath Nawaratne
J. C. Udurawana

M. M. Fasie

Biannually ISSN 1021-2604

Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine publishes original papers, reviews, points of view, case reports, and letters to the Editor, in all fields of medical science and practice. Material received is assumed to be submitted exclusively to the Journal. All papers will be peer reviewed. The editors reserve the right to amend style and shorten articles where necessary, and determine priority and time of publication. When submitting papers, authors are advised to keep copies of the manuscripts and to include a covering letter in which all authors have consented for the publication of the article in the Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine.

Two copies of the manuscript, including figures and tables, should be submitted to the Editors: Prof. Shanthi Mendis, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya or Dr. A.M.L.Beligaswatte, Office of the KSM, General Hospital, Kandy. The paper should be typewritten in double spacing on one side of A4 paper. All pages should be numbered. Papers should be divided into the following sections, each of which should begin on a separate page: Title Page, Summary, Text, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures and Legends.

Electronic manuscripts
If accepted for publication the authors will be requested to submit an electronic manuscript stored in 5.25- or 3.5-inch disk in IBM (MS-DOS) compatible format and an exactly matching printout. Please specify the type of computer and word processing package used, in the covering letter.
The title page should give the full title, names of authors with qualifications, posts held during the study, department(s) and institution(s) where the work was carried out, and the name and full address (including telephone number) of the author for correspondence.

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