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December 1987

Our Children Are Being Maimed and Killed: Injury, Accidents, Poisoning, and Development

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Editor, AJDC PO Box 43700 Tucson, AZ 85733

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1255. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120017019

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In this issue, we have assembled a group of reports that were randomly submitted and were accepted for publication. All deal with some component of injury, intentional or accidental, physical or chemical, to urban or rural children, from natural or unnatural hazards. I will not recount the known toll that injuries take on our youth; recitation and rerecitation of accident statistics tends to bore and to be ignored. They are just numbers and are difficult to relate to children with names, lives, parents, and spirit. Instead, my theme will be the concomitance of injury and development, normal development, which predisposes to the "occasion of injury."

Life is hazardous to the developing child. Humans are born vulnerable and remain so for many years, in contrast to other species, which are equipped from birth with motor skills and other defensive mechanisms. Vulnerable infants cannot perceive dangers in their environment, and even if

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