The editors of the American Medical Association scientific journals are devoting their June issues to the subject of violence in our society. The impact of violence on societal structures has produced medical, social, psychological, and economic effects which are quite staggering and increasing. The recent riots in Los Angeles resulting in more than 50 deaths triggered by a court decision are evidence of the volatility of violence in our society. Violence is inherently mediagenic. Several distinguished surgeon-traumatologists have been asked to participate in this issue of the ARCHIVES because of their interest, knowledge, and leadership in these areas. They have discussed the impact of violence on a discipline which has responded to injuries resulting from civil disorders, auto-pedestrian accidents, and the ever-increasing availability and use of guns.
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