Research Article

Why don't we prevent childhood accidents?

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6020.1258 (Published 22 May 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1258
  1. R H Jackson,
  2. A W Wilkinson

    Abstract

    Accidental injury is the most important epidemic in the Western world today, and is especially important as a cause of death and disability in childhood. Many environmental factors are important causes of accidents, but there is no organisation within which doctors, official bodies, industry, and voluntary bodies can pool their experience and co-ordinate their efforts to reduce these environmental risks. A joint committee on childhood accident prevention should be formed in this country similar to that which exists in Sweden.