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In a seminal 1966 report, the National Research Council (NRC) declared1(p5) that unintentional injury is the “neglected epidemic of modern society [and] the nation’s most important environmental health problem.” The report noted that traumatic injuries were the leading cause of death for Americans younger than 40 years. At that time, 52 million unintentional injuries (excluding suicides) killed 107 000 people, temporarily disabled more than 10 million, and permanently impaired 400 000 American citizens at a cost of approximately $18 billion each year.1,2
Davis KA, Fabian TC, Cioffi WG. The Toll of Death and Disability From Traumatic Injury in the United States—The “Neglected Disease” of Modern Society, Still Neglected After 50 Years. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(3):221–222. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4625
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