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November 4, 1992

Saving Children: A Guide to Injury Prevention

Author Affiliations

George Washington University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1992;268(17):2441-2442. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490170113046

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"Injuries are the leading childhood health problem in the United States." The authors open with this statement and then proceed to document it thoroughly for children from birth to 15 years of age. However, the importance of this book lies in the authors' going beyond the facts. They devote most of the text to a discussion of strategies for the prevention of childhood injuries.

One of the book's basic guiding premises is that adults can, and must, make the world safer for children. Children cannot be expected to take responsibility for preventing their own injuries. In addition, there is relatively little to be achieved in teaching children to be more careful.

Organization is everything in this book, and that is both its great strength and its minor weakness. Wilson and her colleagues describe a child's world as consisting of "The Roadway Environment," "The Home Environment," and "The School and Recreational