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Body temperatures in the elderly
 — a national study of physiological, social and environmental conditions
Author(s)R H Fox, Patricia M Woodward, A N Exton-Smith
Journal titleBritish Medical Journal, 27 January 1973
Pagespp 200-206
KeywordsHypothermia ; Body temperature.
AnnotationTwo large-scale surveys of body temperatures in older people living at home were carried out in the winter of 1972. Most of the homes visited were cold with room temperatures below the minimum recommended by the Department of Health (DoH). Deep body temperatures below 35.5 degrees celsius were found in 10% of those studied and the difference between the skin temperature and the core temperature was also reduced in this group. Such individuals are at risk of developing hypothermia since they show evidence of some degree of thermoregulatory failure. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930505082 A
ClassmarkCTT: BKM *

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