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Fall guy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:E295
  1. Douglas Kamerow, editor

    I've always been impressed by the dangers of falls in the elderly. One doesn't have to work very long in an ER or in primary care to appreciate the serious consequences of falls in this age group. More than one third of those aged 65 and above fall each year. For people 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Hip fractures, the major cause of serious morbidity and mortality …

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