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From the Surgeon General
August 23/30, 2000

Injury: An Overlooked Global Health Concern

JAMA. 2000;284(8):950. doi:10.1001/jama.284.8.950

Injury has only recently been recognized as a major global public health issue. The landmark report, Global Burden of Disease, published in 1996 by the World Health Organization, World Bank, and Harvard University, painted a clear picture of how significant injury is to public health. The report presented data on premature mortality and disability from unintentional injuries (traffic-related injuries, poisonings, falls, fires, drownings, and others) and intentional injuries (self inflicted, violence, and war). The report may be ordered from Harvard University Press at (800) 962-4983.