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Climate and Chest Disorders in Schoolchildren

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5832.65 (Published 14 October 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:65
  1. K. J. Cullen

    Abstract

    A survey of the respiratory disorders in schoolchildren from rural areas showed no significant differences between the United Kingdom and Australia and New Zealand in loss of time from school owing to chest illness. Contrary to expectations the warmer the region the greater the prevalence of bronchitis, asthma, and hay fever. These results should encourage a critical appraisal of the respiratory benefits of warmer climates, and also suggest that the English climate should prove to be no more than a minor barrier to any future reduction of respiratory mortality in the U.K.

    Footnotes

    • * Based on a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia on 16 May 1972.