October 1972

The Causes, Ecology and Prevention of Traffic Accidents.

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC


By HJ Roberts, MD. Price, $39.50. Pp 1,016. Charles C Thomas Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):651. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040175021

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The stated topic of this huge volume is important and timely, but professional readers are likely to be disappointed. An inordinate number of pages is devoted to repetition of well known statistics and lengthy exhortations which, although admirable in their intent, are scarcely to be regarded as new or useful information.

Large portions of the book that appear under technical captions turn out to be superficial and iterative references, many of them from lay literature, held together only by the device of numbered paragraphs. Most unfortunate of all, the author used this vehicle to expound at unbearable length on his theories concerning the role of narcolepsy and hypoglycemia in the causation of accidents. Lest we dare overlook the cogency of his observations, Roberts sets about to repeat his conclusions in every conceivable context. This venting of a personal obsession by massive mobilization of words is curiously inappropriate in the

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