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April 4, 1959

ROLE OF PRIVATE PHYSICIAN IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

Chief, Accident Prevention Program, Public Health Service, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

JAMA. 1959;169(14):1579-1580. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000310031007
Abstract

The physician can help in at least five ways to reduce the damage done to human lives by motor vehicle accidents. He can "teach while treating" by explaining the relation of defects and diseases to accidents. He can and should make sure that community emergency services are improved. He can make sure that emergency rooms in hospitals are organized in such a way that a sudden influx of accident victims will not create chaos. He can influence the development of sound medical standards for driver licensing. He can engage in research on the causes and prevention of accidents. The fact that more than 4 million persons require physicians' services because of motor vehicle accidents represents at once a responsibility and an opportunity in the field of preventive medicine.

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