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Do enforced bicycle helmet laws improve public health?: Start with an assessment of the base problem, rather than assume a solution

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:852
  1. Peter J Clinch, clinical scientist (
  1. Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR—In a subject as polarised as the efficacy of cycle helmet research it is hardly surprising that Robinson's work disagrees with a considerable body of the evidence and that the same can be said of pieces suggesting helmet use is highly beneficial.1 2

    Much controversy still exists about the effectiveness of cycle helmets, and it shows no sign of abating. This uncertain state of affairs is not a reasonable basis for …

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