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169 e-Letters

  • Author's response inadaquate
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    In responding to my critique of the report,[1] Joan Ozanne-Smith failed to address my specific comments.[2] I therefore call upon her and her colleagues to explain more about their methodology: a) Why were the Victorian results not compared with those of Western Australia? Western Australia had draconian, restrictive firearms laws dating back many years, prior to the Vicorian laws, but they still have...

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  • Regulatory reform: no real effect on public health and safety
    Jeanine Baker

    Dear Editor

    We note with interest and concern the exchange between the Monash Research Group and Mr Whelan,[1] regarding serious flaws in the Monash study.[2]

    Upon close scrutiny, the claim that Victoria’s 1988 firearm legislation led to significant declines relative to the rest of Australia is unsupported by the actual data. Rather, we see that firearms suicides and assaults/homicides have been decl...

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  • Authors'Reply
    Joan Ozanne-Smith

    Dear Editor

    I am writing in response to a letter from P Whelan of the organization Coalition of Law Abiding Sporting Shooters Inc.[1]

    The authors of this recently published article would like to rebut attacks on the scientific facts and study design related to our research. The authors were careful to state that the dramatic reductions in firearm related fatalities in Victoria and Australia occurred in the cont...

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  • Monash Uni Report "junk science"
    Peter W Whelan
    Dear Editor

    The article by Ozanne-Smith et al surely indicates the low standard of Scientific Study being carried out by Monash University Accident Research Centre.[1] In claiming that the drop in firearm related deaths, from 1979-2000, was because of "strong regulatory refom", is to ignore all the other important factors which may have occurred during that period. To claim that Gun Laws were the single reason for...

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  • Sports safety research is not without its challenges
    Caroline F Finch

    Dear Editor

    Whilst I agree with Nordstrom[1] about the clear research opportunities in relation to headgear effectiveness for soccer players, I would like to make a few comments.

    Firstly, the issues raised are not just restricted to headgear use in soccer – they apply equally well to many other sports, particularly other football codes – and nor do they only apply to headgear use. Much of sports safet...

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  • Authors' second reply
    Adrian D Cook

    Dear Editor

    Franklin and Robinson are correct to question the complexity of the evidence on helmet wearing among children.[1] As a brief report our paper was unable to explore this in detail but we are grateful for the opportunity to do so here. The helmet wearing surveys suggested that helmet wearing fell among children between 1994 and 1996.[2] Analysing accident data for the years 1995/96 alone shows a corresp...

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  • Re: Authors' reply
    Tony Raven

    Dear Editor

    Cook and Sheikh have accepted the fundamental error in their paper pointed out by Annan.[1-3]

    When the arithmetic error is corrected there are only two conclusions that can be reached. One, pointed out by Annan,[2] is that for every helmet worn, two people are saved. This is clearly untenable and so the only other conclusion, also pointed out by Annan,[2] is that there are other factors invo...

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  • Another serious error in Cook & Sheikh's analysis
    John Franklin

    Dear Editor

    There is another serious problem with Cook and Sheikh's paper.[1] The authors cite a TRL report [2] stating that, on major roads, helmet wearing (%HW) increased from 16.0%, in 1994, to 17.6% in 1996 then 21.8% in 1999. The TRL report continues: "this was due to an increase among adult cyclists wearing helmets: there was no change amongst child cyclists."[2]

    In fact, Table 3 shows %HW o...

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  • Every driver needs metabolic testing and the information needs to be stored in a "black box"
    Richard G Fiddian-Green
    Dear Editor

    I read the article by Shults et al with interest.[1] State driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) countermeasures [2] is a rational measure but one that has serious limitations including the confounding influence of recreational drugs, carbon monoxide, other environmental toxins, medications and cerebrovascular diseases. The immediate opportunity exists for implementing a far more rational an...

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  • Authors' reply
    Adrian D Cook
    Dear Editor

    We are grateful to Annan for spotting the arithmetic error in the discussion section of our paper of trends in cyclist head injuries.[1] It would be a mistake, however, to allow a minor mistake in the discussion to divert attention from the main finding of the paper, which was that cyclist head injuries fell during a time of increased helmet wearing. Population level time trend studies are limited in the am...

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