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July 4, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110010102027

Is it possible to suppress concern about an epidemic by talking about it too much? In the United States nearly 50,000 persons were killed last year in automobile accidents. Although newspapers and magazines carry horrifying accounts and photographs of some of the carnage, the general attitude of the public, and most of the medical profession, seems to have been a fatalistic one of numbed resignation. Of course hundreds of people die by the roadside every week-end; the automobile accident is becoming one of the most popular forms of the American way of death.

The physician's role in the prevention of injuries due to automobile accidents has received insufficient attention. Charles and States outline some facets of this role in their communication (p 37). One specific area where practitioners must be particularly alert relates to drugs which may decrease a patient's driving skill.1 These drugs should be avoided whenever possible;

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