Winter deaths: warm housing is not enough

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7305.166/a (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:166
  1. William Keatinge (w.r.keatinge@qmw.ac.uk), professor,
  2. Gavin Donaldson, lecturer
  1. Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical Sciences Building, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London E1 4NS

    EDITOR—Olsen's article gives the impression that Britain's high winter mortality and winter crises in health care can be prevented simply by warmer housing, although one reference in it reviews evidence of the importance of outdoor cold exposure. 1 2 Large scale international surveys have shown an independent association of outdoor, as well as …

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