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Throughout the world, injuries are the leading cause of death during more than half of the average life span. This book documents the nature and magnitude of the problem and provides basic approaches to injury prevention. Injury statistics are given for many developing countries and indigenous populations as well as industrialized nations. Important differences among countries and cultures in types and circumstances of injury are illustrated in a tables and figures that enhance the book's usefulness. The many types of injuries covered in detail include those related to traffic, occupation, disasters, drowning, falls, burns, suicide, and homicide. The cost and health impacts of injury are discussed as well as the role of health services. The authors describe surveillance methods and effective preventive measures that are applicable even in countries with limited resources. This book has been written for public health practitioners and researchers as well as policy makers. Reflecting the author's many years of injury prevention experience in a variety of countries, the book will help readers understand this major health problem, the changes that could reduce it, and the means of influencing crucial public policies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195119824
ISBN-10: 0195119827
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 182mm x 27mm)
Pages: 398
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 23-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Barrs

Peter Barss, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H., is Head of Health Intelligence and Territorial Epidemiologist for the Canadian Arctic and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.Gordon Smith, M.B., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.Susan Baker, M.P.H., is Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.Dinesh Mohan, Ph.D., is State Bank of India Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.