Consider the general expression of such equations in the form
where Ai, Bj, ∊ ℝ, δo = 0 dn/ 0, dn are n-derivatives, n ≧ l, the σj'S and δj,'s respectively, are ordered as an increasing family with possibly positive and negative terms. These are the deviating arguments. In this paper, we provide a proof of this result based on the use of the Laplace transform. Our method involves new results regarding the exponential growth of positive solutions for such equations.