A retrospective assessment of mortality from the London smog episode of 1952: the role of influenza and pollution.

  title={A retrospective assessment of mortality from the London smog episode of 1952: the role of influenza and pollution.},
  author={M. Bell and D. Davis and T. Fletcher},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  pages={6 - 8}
  • M. Bell, D. Davis, T. Fletcher
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Environmental Health Perspectives
  • The London smog of 1952 is one of history's most important air pollution episodes in terms of its impact on science, public perception of air pollution, and government regulation. The association between health and air pollution during the episode was evident as a strong rise in air pollution levels was immediately followed by sharp increases in mortality and morbidity. However, mortality in the months after the smog was also elevated above normal levels. An initial government report proposed… CONTINUE READING
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