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Article
December 27, 1958

CAUSES VERSUS SYMPTOMS IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

Author Affiliations

Sacramento, Calif.

Research and Development Officer, California Highway Patrol.

JAMA. 1958;168(17):2224-2225. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000170016005
Abstract

Basic causes of automobile accidents cannot be classified in such terms as speeding, wrong side of the road, or drunken driving. True causes must be listed in such terms as anxiety, causing preoccupation; heart attack, resulting in loss of consciousness; or prolonged use of alcohol, resulting in psychotic condition. The most effective method of treating the problem of automobile deaths and injuries is the attacking of the basic causes, thereby effecting a reduction in the number of accidents. The most effective approach to accident prevention is through active, planned use of methods available only to the medical profession.

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