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October 13, 1956

The Accident Syndrome: The Genesis of Accidental Injury: A Clinical Approach

JAMA. 1956;162(7):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240075028

The author, having studied some 35,000 consecutive accidents over a period of 18 years, is well qualified to speak on the causes, cure, and prevention of what he so aptly calls the accident syndrome. His conclusions are interesting and particularly timely, since we are faced with a rising tide of automobile injuries and deaths. First in importance in prevention is machine design, which should also be related to the human form, and second is education of those persons exposed to danger. The author's conclusion that most accidents occur to maladjusted young men with unbridled aggressiveness is certainly true, and the statement that the so-called accident-prone group is a rapidly changing one is most interesting. Much medical research is needed in order to understand the speeding, the drinking, and the reckless driver. He must be studied from the standpoint of behavior, habits, physical status, environment, and inheritance. For the student of

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