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Bristol Floods 1968. Controlled Survey of Effects on Health of Local Community Disaster

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5720.454 (Published 22 August 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:454
  1. Glin Bennet


    An investigation into the health of people in Bristol flooded in July 1968 was made by means of a controlled survey and a study of mortality rates. There was a 50% increase in the number of deaths among those whose homes had been flooded, with a conspicuous rise in deaths from cancer.

    Surgery attendances rose by 53%, referrals to hospital and hospital admissions more than doubled. In all respects the men appeared less well able to cope with the experience of disaster than the women.

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