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Am J Public Health. 1983 Jul;73(7):805-7.

The epidemiology of heat-related deaths, Texas--1950, 1970-79, and 1980.

Abstract

A study of the deaths during a 1980 heat wave in Texas revealed death rates that were highest in males, the elderly, Blacks and those engaged in heavy labor, the latter two factors perhaps reflecting socioeconomic status. The data suggest that persistent high temperatures were related to death to a greater degree than the temperature peaks reached. Higher heat death rates in earlier years are believed to be attributable to the limited availability of air conditioning in those years.

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