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Winter mortality in elderly people in Britain: Lack of social gradient in winter excess mortality is obvious in Denmark

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:976
  1. Roland Rau (, PhD student1
  1. 1 Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, 18057 Rostock, Germany

    EDITOR—Despite smaller fluctuations in seasonal mortality in general,1 2 we obtained similar results for our analysis of excess winter mortality in Denmark to those that Wilkinson et al found for Britain3: an increase of seasonality with age, higher excess winter mortality for women—especially for respiratory diseases—and a lack of a social gradient related to mortality in …

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