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January 11, 1965

Safety at the Wheel

Author Affiliations

New York

Director AMA Dept of Medical Finance and Economic Research

JAMA. 1965;191(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020071032

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To the Editor:—  I thank The Journal for the excellent editorial "Safety at the Wheel" (JAMA190:391 [Oct 26] 1964). Some years ago, being impressed and depressed by the increasing death rate and injury rate of children from accidental injury, I got the idea that we need an elite corps of safety engineers for children. However, I found that the industrial safety engineers themselves seem to believe that the improvements in industry could not reasonably be attributed to their efforts, but rather to the realization on the part of management that accidental injuries are prohibitively costly.Our society seems to be reasonably well organized for the protection of industrial workers, but not for the protection of children. How can the costs of non-industrial accidents be made to work for prevention?Would it be better, as suggested by Dr. John M. Higginbotham of Birmingham, Ala, to have the chief liability

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