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December 7, 1963

Disabling Automobile Accidents.

JAMA. 1963;186(10):889. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710100027005

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In the lead paragraph of the original contribution titled "Facial Disfigurement in Automobile Accidents: A National Tragedy," published Aug 3 (185:354-357), it states incorrectly that 140,000 injuries resulted from automobile accidents alone in 1960. John Marquis Converse, MD, author of the communication, writes that "the correct figure is 1,400,000 accidents, and this apparently includes only the truly disabling accidents reported by the National Safety Council. According to the publication Health, Education and Welfare Indicators (July, 1963), the total number of persons injured in motor vehicle accidents was 5,000,000. Such injuries in 1961 totaled 4,400,000 and in 1962 totaled 5,100,000. So it can be seen that this is a problem of some magnitude, much greater than the figure in the article would indicate."

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