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The hazards of daily life: an historical perspective on adult unintentional injuries
  1. E Towner1,
  2. J Towner2
  1. 1
    Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  2. 2
    Freelance researcher, Bradford-on-Avon, UK
  1. Professor E Towner, Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, University of the West of England, Hampton House, Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JS, UK; Elizabeth.Towner{at}uwe.ac.uk

Abstract

Unintentional injuries are a major public health problem. This paper analyses coroners’ inquests from Sussex, England, for the period 1485–1688 to consider the circumstances surrounding adult unintentional injury deaths. Parallels with the situation today are examined. Travel was found to be the most hazardous activity, drowning was also highly significant and there were large differences between men and women.

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