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March 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):611. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130037007

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The abnormal heat that prevailed over the eastern two-thirds of the United States during the last few days of July and first fifteen days of August, suggested to the Chief of the Weather Bureau the propriety of studying the subject of sunstroke, in so far as it is connected with and dependent upon meteorologic conditions. To this end, circulars were sent out to various hospitals and private physicians located in the affected region.

Dr. W. F. R. Phillips, in charge of the Section of Climatology, has compiled and studied the different reports returned in reply to the circular letter, and his statistics and deductions, as given in the Monthly Weather Review, November, 1896, present several points of extreme interest.

From such sources as were accessible there were collected 2,038 instances of death during August, 1896, directly attributed to sunstroke. This falls far short of the actual number of deaths, and

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