167 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • The value of news reports for injury surveillance
    Anara S Guard

    Dear Editor

    I find it no coincidence that the letters so far [1-4] are taking issue with the methodology of Denton and Fabricius,[5] rather than the subject, even though several of the letter-writers are on record elsewhere as opposing gun control in many forms. (For example, see optometrist Gallant’s comments on gun safety at:

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  • Seat belt wearing in other Chinese cities
    Virginia H Routley

    The article documenting the successful seat belt intervention and attributable increase in wearing in Guanghzhou, China is a substantial contribution to road safety in middle-income and low-income countries. The reported increase in seat belt wearing is particularly significant in the context of documented declines over 3 years (2005-2007) in two other eastern seaboard Chinese cities, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province and Zhousha...

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  • Re: Unwarranted Assumptions about FARS data
    R A Whitfield

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Carra for his comments[1] and we appreciate his attention to our work.[2]

    Our paper was directed to a method for ranking potential safety problems that merit additional statistical and engineering review. We envisioned a surveillance process to develop a rank ordered problem list. A follow-up review process should start at the top of the problem list and work down through it,...

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  • Simple Ways for Saving Lives
    Rizaldy Pinzon

    The article of Dr. Stevenson's is very interesting. This article showed that intervention increasing the use of safe belt. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. In Indonesia, there are numerous reports that showed high mortality is correlated with unsafe practice of driving or motorcycling. Previous report showed that the use of safety belts is the single...

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  • Response from the Authors
    William V. Fabricius

    Dear Editor

    Our critics argue two points. First, they argue that newspapers are an inappropriate source of data on defensive gun use (DGU) because editors routinely and deliberately suppress stories of legitimate DGU that involve killing or wounding or firing at an adversary. (Some of these writers also argue that brandishing a gun in self-defense is even less likely to be reported in the newspaper because these...

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  • lit search analysis method
    David L Nordstrom

    Several analyses of the results of bibliographic databases have shown that--for several health fields and subjects--the number of databases searched influences the number of papers found. Library and information scientists seem to use certain methods and outcomes in their analyses. I am curious whether this study used the same methods and measures.

  • Cycle helmets: time for a reality check
    Guy Chapman

    Dear Editor

    To focus on injury mitigation in cyclists to the exclusion of addressing the causes of crashes, as is the trend in public debate at present,[1] risks fundamental errors - not least the post hoc fallacy of assuming that cycling head injuries are the result of failure to wear helmets, rather than of the types of crashes cyclists experience.

    As a result of this obsession we have arrived at the ab...

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  • Preventing Road Traffic Injuries in Africa.
    Adam L Kushner

    As noted in the recently released WHO and UNICEF World Report on Child Injury Prevention, globally, road traffic injuries (RTI) are the leading cause of death among 10-19 year-olds with more than 260,000 children dying from RTIs each year. (1) In addition, an estimated 10 million more children are non-fatally injured. Africa has the world's highest RTI mortality rate at 28.3 per 100,000 (2), yet relatively few resources...

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  • Interpreting the statistics: underestimation of casualties and vulnerable road-users
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    Jeffrey et al's [1] evidence of a serious underestimation of road injuries is worrying for the year-by-year comparisons that are taken as evidence for the state of road safety. The UK figures for death and serious injury are reported to have followed a downward trend for forty years or so, which has generally been taken as evidence - if no more than implicitly - that a culture of safety on the roads i...

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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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