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DEATH RATES FROM AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

DEATH RATES FROM AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS To the Editor:— The letter by John H. Schaefer, M.D., in the June 27 issue of The Journal concerning Dr. Thorndike's paper published in March deserves some comment. Dr. Schaefer is correct in the figures he uses, but these are not the death rates per 100,000 population universally used in estimating death rates from disease and injury. It is true, as he states, that the death rate per 100 million miles has shown a steady decline over the years, but the true death rate as it affects the American people, which is the death rate per 100,000 population, has shown little change in the last 10 years due to the increased number of vehicles and the increased number of miles traveled on American highways. The death rates per 100,000 population from automobile accidents as compiled by the National Safety Council for the last 10 years are as follows: The declining http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

DEATH RATES FROM AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

JAMA , Volume 171 (1) – Sep 5, 1959

DEATH RATES FROM AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

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To the Editor:—
The letter by John H. Schaefer, M.D., in the June 27 issue of The Journal concerning Dr. Thorndike's paper published in March deserves some comment. Dr. Schaefer is correct in the figures he uses, but these are not the death rates per 100,000 population universally used in estimating death rates from disease and injury. It is true, as he states, that the death rate per 100 million miles has shown a steady decline over the years, but the...
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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1959 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1959.03010190094023
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Abstract

To the Editor:— The letter by John H. Schaefer, M.D., in the June 27 issue of The Journal concerning Dr. Thorndike's paper published in March deserves some comment. Dr. Schaefer is correct in the figures he uses, but these are not the death rates per 100,000 population universally used in estimating death rates from disease and injury. It is true, as he states, that the death rate per 100 million miles has shown a steady decline over the years, but the true death rate as it affects the American people, which is the death rate per 100,000 population, has shown little change in the last 10 years due to the increased number of vehicles and the increased number of miles traveled on American highways. The death rates per 100,000 population from automobile accidents as compiled by the National Safety Council for the last 10 years are as follows: The declining

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 5, 1959

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