Medicine use, heat and thermoregulation in Australian patients

Peter W Tait
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10289
Published online: 19 September 2011

To the Editor: Australia is already a hot country and the frequency of hot spells looks set to increase over coming decades.1 Health care professionals will therefore need to consider the effect that medications can have on people’s capacity to respond to hot conditions.

  • National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.


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