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Head Injuries in Children

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5834.200 (Published 28 October 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:200
  1. A. W. Craft,
  2. D. A. Shaw,
  3. N. E. F. Cartlidge

    Abstract

    Two-hundred children with head injury admitted consecutively to paediatric wards in the two main hospitals in Newcastle upon Tyne have been studied. Eight children required neurosurgical operation. There were two deaths. Details of the cause and consequences of the accidents have been analysed and an attempt has been made to identify psychological or physical factors that may predispose to injury. There was a slightly higher proportion of children with what are regarded as adverse personality factors among the head injuries than in a control group and there were more left-handed children than would be expected in the general population. The results suggest that the modern “high-rise” bicycle may carry a special risk of head injury.