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Forty-three cases of head injury due to falling from a height of more than 10 feet have been studied. Forty survived and all survivors returned to normal life. Infants under the age of 5 years sustained twice as many fractures of the skull as adults, but these were attended by less brain trauma than the adults. This may be related to the relative flexibility of the infant skull and to the smaller momentum.
Below the age of 5 years, all patients fell from the upper-story windows of their own homes. This would seem easily preventable: if a chain catch is not fitted to a window, a flower bed beneath it seems the next best safety precaution. Below the age of 5 years, the sexes were equally distributed but above that age only 1 girl (aged 11) fell from a height. The adults were all male and all except 2 fell at work (where 2 of the 3 fatal accidents occurred) or at some job of handicraft in the home. Crash helmets for building workers, which are useful for protection from falling objects, might also protect their heads in a fall.
In the main, however, as with Eutychus, ‘they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.’
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