Inj Prev 11:318-319 doi:10.1136/ip.2005.009753
  • Letter

Intelligence, education, and transportation injury mortality

  1. G D Batty1,2,
  2. I J Deary2
  1. 1MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr G D Batty
 MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, 4 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ, UK;
  • Accepted 2 August 2005

We read with interest the paper by Borrell and colleagues1 in the June issue of Injury Prevention which reported on the relation between educational level and the risk of transportation injury mortality in nine European cohorts. An inverse association was reported in men but not women. We believe that findings from the field of cognitive (intelligence) epidemiology2 may inform the discussions pertaining to the underlying mechanisms. Here, we define intelligence (denoted as IQ and assessed using written psychometric tests) as …

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