eLetters

81 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • "Hear, hear"
    Verona Beckles

    Dear Editor

    Just wanted to say that I currently work as a junior orthopaedic surgeon in a London teaching hospital. My aim is to combine a career in surgery with one in injury prevention as many of my counterparts in low and middle income countries do.

    On July 7th this year I was working at the Royal London Hospital and worked alongside many brilliant people in the effort to treat the patients predomina...

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  • It's not poverty ; that explanation is not even exoneration
    les fisher

    I was concerned to see an editorial offering one opinion reduced to poverty breeds terroism.

    Suicide bombing can not be excused on any grounds; moreover, the suicide killers of civilians are not usually from the poverty cohorts of London, Iraq, NYC , nor Palestine. Such redutionist viewpoints give aid to those who would have humanitarian concerns twisted. One can not equate anything to such killings nor the...

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  • More on "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans
    Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor

    While difficult to disentangle what is getting Robertson so enraged, the following four possibilities seem likely candidates.

    1. He denies my claim [1, p. 381-388] that US safety policy has been a dramatic failure.

    2. He disagrees with my explanation [1, p 389-408] that the litigation focus of US safety policy has contributed to this dramatic failure.

    3. He di...

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  • Comments on Evan's letter #2
    Leon S. Robertson

    Dear Editor,

    I must add to Leonard Evan's "to do" list. After getting his skin thickened, he needs courses in English comprehension and basic epidemiology.

    In my letter, I said that I gave "far more" than my litigation fees for scholarships and a professorship, contrary to his claim that it all came from litigation fees. I doubt that "far more" means something in England, where Evans apparently learned...

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  • Comments on Robertson's reply
    Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor,

    Once again I am indebted to Robertson for adding support to my central thesis. The fact that a chair bearing his name is endowed with his litigation profits underlines the unique influence of litigation in the US approach to traffic safety. In what other country does this happen?

    In some states, such as Texas, it is illegal for juries to know that an injured plaintiff was not wearing a safety...

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  • Author's reply: Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans
    Leon S. Robertson

    Dear Editor,

    Leonard Evans obviously dislikes my less than totally favourable review of his book. My review noted several sensible sections in the book, but several nonsensical ones as well. My reference to self-publication of the book was only to point out that it would have benefited from peer review. His assertions in his letter regarding me and my income are patently false. He needs a skin transplant. His is t...

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  • Authors' response to letter from David Huff
    Allan F. Williams

    Dear Editor:

    David Huff[1] either didn’t read our article carefully or didn’t comprehend it. Besides mischaracterizing us as “experts at crash tests” (we are behavioural scientists, while engineers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety direct crash testing), Huff misstates what we say, claiming we are “at a loss” as to how to improve driver education and want it eliminated from high schools.

    What...

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  • Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans
    Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor,

    While it is not customary for an author to comment on a review, a response seems appropriate to L.S. Robertson’s review [1] of my 2004 book "Traffic Safety."[2]

    Another reviewer writes "Evans' work covers in remarkable detail the full range of important topics in traffic safety…but his chapter 'The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Safety Policy' is the showstopper."[3] This "showstopper" shows that wh...

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  • Re: Accidental hangings of our youth must stop REPLY
    Ann L

    Dear Editor,

    I am 42 years of age and believe it or not I used to play that "game" when I was a child in the suburbs of Chicago. From vague memory it was somewhere around 1974 and I was around 10-12 years old? This story really caught my attention. I thought "oh my god I used to do that!" My older brother would have all the kids line up and he'd pick us up by the neck (literally) for maybe 10 seconds and let us p...

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  • Accidental hangings of our youth must stop
    Sarah Pacatte

    Dear Editor,

    Parents need to know this is really happening and it is happening more than America and the world knows because it is not talked about! My boy was the 2nd child this month at Kaiser No. hosp. in Sac. Ca. to die from this! The other I heard was 12 yrs. Old. Accidentally they died!!! Feeling helpless and still loving all four of my children,

    Sarah A. Pacatte

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