Medicine: Dangerous Age

Accidents have outstripped infectious diseases as a major cause of death among boys aged five to 19, the World Health Organization reported after an extensive survey of 21 countries, including the U.S. In 1953, it found, 8,415 boys died from infectious and parasitic diseases, as against 13,414 from accidents (excluding transport). Commonest listed cause of accidental death: drownings (1,732 in the U.S., 1,797 in Japan).


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