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January 9, 1937

MANAGEMENT OF FACIAL INJURIES CAUSED BY MOTOR ACCIDENTS

JAMA. 1937;108(2):101-105. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020019007
Abstract

In its relatively short career, the motor car has already brought about more casualties in the United States than all the wars in which this country has been engaged. In 1935 alone, motor car accidents caused approximately 36,000 deaths and a far greater number of severe injuries. So serious has the situation become that traffic and safety engineers, public officials and educators have set about intensively to seek a solution of this problem. Safety campaigns have stressed the harrowing picture of "Sudden Death."1 More tragic than sudden death, however, is the suffering borne by the injured who escape it. And more pitiable even than the immediate period of pain and disability is the suffering, through long bitter years of mental agony, of those left with lasting, conspicuous facial disfigurements.1 The psychologic handicap imposed by unprepossessing or even relatively minor disfigurements has helped to blight many promising business and

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