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Accident ProneA History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age$
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John C. Burnham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081175

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081199.001.0001

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The Mid-Twentieth-Century High Point

The Mid-Twentieth-Century High Point

(p.145) 8. The Mid-Twentieth-Century High Point
Accident Prone
University of Chicago Press

The idea of accident proneness reached a high point of acceptance and use in the years after World War II. Evidence of a high point of the idea of accident proneness in the early-to-mid 1950s was the number and ubiquity of published treatments of the problem. These publications reflected both professional and popular interest. Accident proneness was a part of a person's personality that produced patterns of behavior. By 1960, children's accidents and accident proneness could appear to offer a prototype for one new direction that pediatric medicine would be taking. Moreover, the basic popularizations of the idea of accident proneness are elaborated. There is abundant evidence that the term “accident proneness” became “part of everyday language” in the decades after World War II.

Keywords:   World War II, behavior, children, pediatric medicine, popularizations, language

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