Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Unintended injuries are the
fourth most frequent cause of death in the United States and the most likely
cause of death in persons younger than 34 years old.1
Yet the public media and, too frequently, some medical journal articles2 continue to describe unintended injuries, such
as those related to incorrect doses of medication, using the word accident in various forms, eg, accidental injection, accidents in medicine, future accidents, and responding to accidents.
Doege TC. Eschewing Accidents. JAMA. 1999;282(5):427. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804