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Reviews Art

SAFE: Design Takes on Risk

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1087
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne, medical journalist (
  1. New York

    An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, until 2 January 2006. Admission $20

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    For doctors and others who convey risk to the public, the most important document from this exhibition is a free handout. The card uses ever larger dots to show the risk from venomous snakes and lizards (invisible), from non-opioid analgesics, antipyretics, and antirheumatics (a teeny dot), to air and space transport crashes (a slightly bigger dot), to exposure to forces of nature (a good sized dot). Then we hit the big time risk dots: motorcycling, poisoning, drowning or submersion, or being the occupant of a pickup truck or van, or a pedestrian. And the biggest dot, the most dangerous risk: being the occupant of a car.

    The show, at the large, pure white, glassy, and newly expanded Museum of Modern Art …

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