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December 14, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(24):1996-2001. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760500048020

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 16, 1935.

Accident-Proneness  In an address at the Insurance Institute of London, Mr. Eric Farmer, reader in industrial psychology at Cambridge University, said that statistical research showed that in any group of individuals exposed to similar risks the majority of the accidents involved a small number and that accident-proneness was a relatively stable individual characteristic, which manifested itself whenever the opportunity was given. Accident-proneness was now recognized as one of the chief causes of accident. How were the accident prone to be detected so that they may avoid being a danger to themselves and to others? One way was by psychologic and other tests, which measured the qualities involved in accident-proneness, so that it was possible to predict which people were most likely to be involved in accidents. An alternative method was to see whether the knowledge gained by statistical means concerning the accident

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