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August 14, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(16):1442-1444. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690340064018

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Accident Prevention.  —In the introductory article in a symposium on accident prevention in The Practitioner (172:613, 1954), Sir John Charles points out that in England and Wales, between 1900 and 1950, accidents climbed from the 13th to the 5th place in the ranking of major causes of death. He stresses the importance of age as a predisposing factor. Thus, children under the age of 5 suffer 10% of all fatal accidents, and men and women over the age of 65 are concerned in 40%. This means that these two age groups, comprising less than 20% of the population, are the victims of 50% of the fatal accidents. In the case of fatal accidents in the home, about 80% of these occur in the same two age groups. In children between the ages of 1 and 4 years, accidents are the second commonest cause of death; in those between 5

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