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March 12, 1938

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JAMA. 1938;110(11):818-819. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790110044014

ACCIDENTS IN 1937  In a press release from the National Safety Council, the toll of accidental deaths and injuries for 1937 has been given as dead 106,000, permanently injured 375,000 and temporarily injured 9,400,000. The estimated cost of this civil carnage was $3,700,000,000. While the deaths from accidents of all causes decreased 4 per cent from 1936, traffic accidents increased 4 per cent, home accidents decreased 15 per cent, occupational accidents increased 6 per cent and public nontraffic accidents decreased 5 per cent. Although two major disasters occurred in 1937—the New London, Texas, school house explosion, in which 294 children lost their lives, and the Hindenburg disaster, in which thirty-five passengers and members of the crew were killed—the total effect was relatively insignificant in comparison with the accidental deaths occurring singly or in twos. Falls again effected more accidental deaths than any other one cause except traffic accidents. The traffic