Letters

Temperature and cardiovascular mortality

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.467 (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:467
  1. Owen L Lloyd
  1. Professor Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Public Health and Ocupational Medicine, United Aab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    EDITOR,—As Peter Wilmshurst points out, international rates of cardiovascular disease generally become higher as the temperatures become colder1; this pattern holds true even within many countries. Scotland, however, shows the opposite, as colleagues and I found in our studies of geographical patterns of mortality from various diseases in Scotland.2 3 4 We examined the standardised mortality ratios for diseases during three quinquenniums (1959-63, 1969-73, and 1979-83) for the …

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