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October 30, 1897

THE MORTALITY OF HEATSTROKE.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(18):918-919. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440440044006

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Abstract

During the record-breaking weather of the month just ending there have been a number of prostrations from heat in some of our cities, and a consideration of sunstroke may therefore appear less unseasonable than might otherwise be the case. It is suggested at this time, however, by an article in the Sanitarian for October, which originally appeared in the Spectator, a life insurance publication. The author, Mr. Frederick L. Hoffman, has analyzed the available statistics of mortality from heatstroke, and his conclusions and deductions are certainly deserving of notice and comment in a medical publication.

It is a curious fact that has not infrequently been remarked upon, that the death rate from this cause is extremely light in our more southern cities as compared with that of many of the northern ones. The statistics here given show this and something more; while the summer of 1896 had beaten the record

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