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Prevention diaries by Larry Cohen
  1. David Hemenway
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Hemenway, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Health Policy and Management, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 2115, USA; hemenway{at}

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Larry Cohen is well known to the injury prevention community (eg, American Public Health Assocition (APHA)’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section has awarded him the Public Service Award). Larry has fought for bicycle and motorcycle helmet laws and for strengthening child and adult passenger restraint regulations. He has been a leader in helping define violence as a preventable public health issue.

In Prevention Diaries, Larry has written an inspiring and very personal book. He writes about public health and his work in promoting prevention and also provides many personal recollections and anecdotes from both his work and personal life. When he was 9 years old, a neighbourhood friend died in a biking incident; it was so difficult for Larry when he would see the mom in the grocery store—and he began to recognise both the permanence and poignancy of death. As …

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