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August 4, 1999

Eschewing Accidents

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(5):427. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804

To the Editor: Unintended injuries are the fourth most frequent cause of death in the United States and the most likely cause of death in persons younger than 34 years old.1 Yet the public media and, too frequently, some medical journal articles2 continue to describe unintended injuries, such as those related to incorrect doses of medication, using the word accident in various forms, eg, accidental injection, accidents in medicine, future accidents, and responding to accidents.