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WHO and CDC nomenclature
  1. J Langley
  1. Professor John Langley, Injury Prevention Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin, New Zealand; john.langley{at}

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The use of standard nomenclature is an important tool of communication in science, yet WHO and CDC are departing from commonly accepted definitions. At the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, I attended a plenary session where Dr Krug discussed “WHO plans for Injury Control for the next 3 years,” and Dr Arias discussed “ CDC Plans for Injury Control for the next 3 years.” I was struck by the fact that both presenters talked about “injury and violence prevention.” …

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