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A Christmas “bumper bundle”
  1. I B Pless, Editor

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    Alert (and regular) readers will quickly discover that this issue is unusual in several other respects. Apart from the product safety theme, there are more pages than usual, and a wider selection of original articles—a veritable “bumper bundle”. (For readers who did not grow up in the 1940s, a “bumper bundle” was a special, fat version of a comic book, usually appearing around Christmas.)

    To a great extent, the large number of papers is a tribute to authors who either write succinctly, or accept, graciously—or otherwise—cuts recommended by the reviewers or the editor. What impresses me about these papers is the diversity of topics and countries represented. They epitomize what the journal strives for—a truly broad and international perspective on injury prevention.

    Finally, this issue marks a special occasion in the journal's history, the publication of its first supplement, Action on Injury: Setting the Agenda for Children & Young People in the UK. This part of your bumper bundle is extremely important. The papers presented in it were prepared for a conference in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Importantly, the conference was sponsored by the Department of Health in England. The title is symbolic. It suggests that the UK is now poised to take action on the prevention of injuries, much as Sweden did over 40 years ago, and other countries, such as the US, Australia, and New Zealand have done more recently.

    At the time of writing the conference had not yet taken place. Consequently, it is impossible to predict what specific reactions the policy makers will have to the proceedings. I am confident, however, that they will be positive.

    The importance of this publication and the conference that prompted it do not apply only to the UK. Similar conferences should be held in every country that does not now have a concerted plan to prevent childhood injury. For such plans to work, health authorities must cooperate with all the other parties involved in this noble goal. This must be a concerted effort; one that involves all the key sectors in the world of safety. We will be watching the developments in the UK with great interest and fervent hope. For now, we thank those who took the initiative to bring this about and to the health authorities that supported it.