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September 18, 1954

AN EXPERIENCE IN THE FORMATION OF A COMMITTEE ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION IN CHILDREN

JAMA. 1954;156(3):228-230. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950030020007
Abstract

Accidents of all types are now the leading cause of mortality and one of the leading causes of morbidity in children under 10 years of age.1 In fact, accidents are responsible for one-third of all the deaths occurring in children in this age group. The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken cognizance of these grim facts by instituting a committee for the prevention of accidents. The current chairman of this committee is Dr. George Wheatley, a pediatrician who is a vice-president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. The facts presented at a seminar held in October, 1952, at an academy meeting2 inspired one of us (W. W. H.) to introduce a similar program into our community.3 Although we did not expect the movement to spring into complete being as Pallas Athene sprang full panoplied from the brain of Zeus, we were hardly prepared for the obstructions the

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