eLetters

167 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • Editor's Reply: Regulations, legislation, and classification
    Barry Pless

    Editor's Reply

    Mea culpa. Guilty as charged, and very sorry to mislead... certainly not setting a shining example, as Editors should. I read the original article too hastily and missed the point. If readers of Lois Fingerhut's letter agree that my editorial is severely misleading, perhaps we should print an erratum. What do you think? In any event, please re-read Lois's letter for an accurate description of the Bare...

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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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  • Re: Trend not seen in England
    Elisa R. Braver

    Dear Editor

    I see Mr Wilson used E-codes 810-819, which includes motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Our study included only drivers (4th digit of E-code = .0). I wonder if he would get the same results if he looked at 810-819 using only 4th digits of .0. One other potential explanation for the differences between the two countries is that we looked at driver involvements in crashe...

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  • Criticism and Comments on Alpers/Chapman paper
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    It is not my plan to revisit the detailed AIC/ABS data and statistical analysis covered by the Alpers/Chapman report and other specialists (McPhedran/Baker). This response will offer comments from the aspects of clear thinking and logical deduction.

    Firstly, since there was never any Judicial Inquiry, nor Coronial Inquest into the Port Arthur Massacre, there was never the opportunity for any...

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  • Doubts about undercounts of gun accident deaths
    Gary D. Kleck

    Dear Editor

    Barber et al.[1] note that some fatal gun accidents (FGAs) may be missclassified as homicides, and conclude that the nation "may be undercounting the burden of unintentional firearm deaths". They report 168 gun deaths labelled negligent (and thus accidental) manslaughters by police, and estimate that 75 % were misclassified as intentional homicides on death certificates, implying an undercount of...

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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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  • Cigarettes more resistant to fire
    Carlean Ponder

    Dear Editor

    Thank you for your fine article on how child-resistant safety features on cigarette lighters have saved lives and reduced injuries of children. While I was Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I supported this effort as well as other actions to reduce fires caused by cigarettes.

    Research conducted by CPSC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST...

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  • Authors' response
    Catherine W. Barber

    Dear Editor

    Kleck states that the misclassification of some unintentional shootings as homicides is likely to be counterbalanced by the misclassification of some suicides as unintentional, citing a study of unintentional gun deaths in North Carolina in the 1970s as evidence.[1] However, the investigators in that study reviewed only self-inflicted shootings that were noted as "accidents" or "undetermined" for ma...

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  • 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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  • Neighbourhood influences on child injuries
    Richard Reading

    Dear Editor

    We were interested to read the careful and detailed analysis of injury mortality data by Borrell et al.[1] We have also examined individual and neighbourhood effects on injury incidence in younger age groups and would like to draw these results to readers’ attention, as they extend and support the findings by Borrell et al. and were not referenced in their paper. In a study in Norwich, UK...

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