June 8th, 2010 | by Theodore | Published in Uncategorized
Or words to that effect. This just in from the Times on the summer “trauma season”:
Dr. Johnston and his colleagues studied large populations of children and found that if a child was injured seriously enough to be hospitalized, all the children in that family were at higher risk of injury for the next three months. After three months, the families’ risk returned to normal. In a follow-up prospective study published earlier this year, almost 20 percent of the families had a child injured or re-injured badly enough to need medical attention. The new accidents weren’t necessarily similar to the initial ones — it wasn’t one burn after another.
Holy moly! It’s like the Herculean-baby-brother-life-saving-from-jealous-mother-god-snake-attack story…in reverse!
Moral of the story, folks: Be afraid.