Letter

Winter mortality in elderly people in Britain: Action on outdoor cold stress is needed to reduce winter mortality

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7472.976 (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:976
  1. William R Keatinge (w.r.keatinge@qmul.ac.uk), emeritus professor1,
  2. Gavin C Donaldson, lecturer in respiratory medicine2
  1. 1 Queen Mary College, University of London, London E1 4NS
  2. 2 Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College

    EDITOR—The paper by Wilkinson et al, on people aged over 75, makes a useful addition to the evidence that winter mortality in Britain is now not caused primarily by deprivation and failure to heat homes.1 In addition to other evidence they quote, a recent study on younger people provides positive indications that cold exposure outside the home causes winter mortality regardless …

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