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Injury prevention for children and adolescents: research, practice and advocacy
  1. J Morag MacKay
  1. Correspondence to J Morag MacKay, European Child Safety Alliance, 28 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston B15 1RP, Birmingham, UK; m.mackay{at}

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Second edition. Edited by Karen Liller. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2012 eISBN: 978-0-87553-250-9 Print ISBN: 978-0-87553-005-5 Number of pages: 461 Price: $70 US

This book aims to shed light on ‘one of the most unrecognised public health problems facing the world today’, and use a scientific approach to identify prevention strategies that, if applied, can reduce injuries and save children's lives. It highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary and multistrategy approach, and builds a strong argument for child injury prevention and safety promotion being everybody's business. This second edition updates the evidence for the types of injury that occur in this age group, describing the epidemiology, effective prevention strategies and advocacy efforts.

Published by the American Public Health Association Press with an impressive list of authors and comprehensive coverage of injury issues affecting children and adolescents, the text provides an excellent overview of the state of the art. It is not a foundational textbook on injury prevention with the purpose of covering the history and principles or highlighting theoretical frameworks for examining the issue, and there are certainly other texts that …

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