Medicine: Drinks & Dashboards

After a traffic accident, a doctor can often do more good than a policeman. Last week, at its annual clinical sessions, the A.M.A. took up a relatively new idea: that by warning patients, doctors may be as important in preventing traffic accidents and in reducing the severity of injuries in the accidents as they are later in patching up battered victims. Of the 90 scientific exhibits in St. Louis' Kiel Auditorium, none attracted more attention from the 2,500 visiting physicians than a group of six booths dealing with highway safety.

Three doctors from the University of Virginia's School of Medicine charted the...

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