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August 7, 1937

Accidents and Their Prevention

JAMA. 1937;109(6):457. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320059031

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This book should be read by all who are interested in the subject of safety, since it presents a comprehensive study of accidents of many kinds, on the road, at home, at work, at play, with an account of preventive methods already used and suggestions for further methods of avoiding accidents. Numerous charts and graphs furnish clear cut analyses of important factors in accidents. A particularly interesting feature is that comparison of accidents in various countries permits a better analysis of accident causes and the results of different methods of prevention. A discussion of susceptibility to accidents is particularly valuable. It is clearly shown that a small percentage of people have most of the accidents and that psychologic tests for accident proneness have definite value. These tests are not always conclusive, however, so it is advisable to keep accurate records of all accidents, even the most trivial. These records are

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