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October 11, 1965

Living Hazards and Physician's Lives

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Arlington Heights, Ill

JAMA. 1965;194(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150101035

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To the Editor:—  In almost all periodicals—medical or nonmedical— repeated pleas from various safety groups request that automobile manufacturers incorporate various additions to future models so that we can save ourselves. Why should we ask industries to waste their money and ours by cluttering up our lethal mobile weapons with items that will not be used?In the past the "groups" and the public demanded seat belts—and we now have them. However, how many are in actual use? I am the rare freak that uses mine even though my wife and children usually do not use them unless I insist— and then only with growling. The public just does not worry about existence. They no longer feel that "this cannot happen to me," but they do not want to be involved and think about it.We have progressed medically, scientifically, and in all areas except in mass intelligence. This may

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