60 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Re: Author's reply to Dr Lawson
    Dr. James B Lawson

    Dear Editor

    Re: Profs. Chapman and Alpers reply to Dr Lawson. E-letter 9 Jan 2007.

    I thank Professors Chapman and Alpers for their interest in my letter[1] in response to their paper[2].

    It seems that all parties[3,4,5] agree on the facts, that there was a steady decline in gun murder and suicide before the Australian National Firearms Agreement of 1996 and that this trend continued at a slight...

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  • More of the same from Alpers and Chapman
    Ross A Wilmoth

    Dear Editor

    I would not have expected any different from concerted 'public health advocates' and long time anti-gun campaigners Philip Alpers and Simon Chapman than a vindication of the John Howard gun bans.

    Could it be that they have discovered the one instance in the world where gun bans can be shown to have saved lives? Could Australia be the exception to the rule that gun laws are ineffective the worl...

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  • Good data and constructive debate can help resolve controversial issues
    Dr Dorothy L Robinson

    Barry Pless claimed that critics of helmet laws rely on fatality data. Yet my review considered all injuries serious enough to require hospital admission in all jurisdictions where helmet wearing increased substantially (more than 40 percentage points). There were no obvious responses in percent head injury.[1]

    In contrast, the large, ob...

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  • Protective balancing - an option for fall prevention among older subjects
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear editor,

    We read with great interest the cost analysis of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults aged >or=65 years. The authors point out that fall related injuries among older adults are associated with substantial economic costs with fractures accounting for 35% of non-fatal injuries but 61% for total costs. The authors concluded that effective intervention strategies are mandatory to implement in...

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  • Reply to Mr. Wardlaw's letter "Timely reporting of research is necessary"
    Alison K. Macpherson

    Dear Editor

    In his letter "Timely reporting of research is necessary", Mr Wardlaw suggests that lack of enforcement of bicycle helmet legislation in Ontario is an underreported aspect of bicycle helmet research.

    Although the issue of enforcement of legislation has been raised as a potentially important aspect of bicycle helmet laws, to our knowledge, no one has studied the nature of enforcement of helmet leg...

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  • Author's reply to Dr Lawson
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor

    Dr James Lawson [1] seeks to summarise similarities in our findings [2] with those of three other reports, particularly that of Baker and McPhedran [3]. He notes that we agree that there was a “continuation” of the pre-existing trend in falling firearm deaths following the implementation of the Australian National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996. The word we used purposefully was that there was a sta...

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  • Re: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearms, deaths firearms suicides and a decad
    James B Lawson


    Re: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearms, deaths firearms suicides and a decade without mass shootings. Chapman et al. Injury Prevention: 12; 365-372. Dec 2006.

    Chapman et al. use official Australian Government statistics to demonstrate a continuing fall in firearms murder and suicide following the implementation of the Australian National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996. T...

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  • Transportation safety issues portrayed on television: some thoughts on driver distraction
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    There is a plausible case that television affects the individual road-user's attitudes to safety-related issues, so McGwin et al [1] provide a useful survey of television content regarding the portrayal of seatbelt and helmet use. Whether McGwin et al should make such strong assertions about the value of these devices raises arguments which have been aired elsewhere [2].

    Such surveys could be...

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  • Re: Re: Timely release of information is important.
    Avery Burdett

    In his zeal to defend bicycle helmet laws, Editor Barry Pless ignored two important issues identified by Malcom Wardlaw and in doing so raises one of even more vital importance.

    First, child cyclist head injuries declined in Ontario while data from Macpherson showed a declining rate of bicycle helmet use. This suggests a factor other than helmet use and helmet laws was responsible for the decline in head injurie...

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  • Evidence on cycle helmets is contested, ambiguous and inconclusive.
    Peter W Ward

    The Editor of IP does not like the fact that a debate exists about cycle helmets. (1) He would like not to publish correspondence from helmet sceptics. He describes the letters he has received as frustrating and irritating “repeated almost boilerplate arguments”. It is welcome and honest of the Editor to state his willingness to publish helmet sceptic eletters despite his dislike for this view. It compares with the a...

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