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Liberty or death; don't tread on me
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    The Health Hazards of Safety Legislation
    The paper by Hooper & Spicer and some of the responses to it raise an important debate about the hazards of safety legislation. It is wrong to assume that safety legislation will cause no harm and in line with principles of medical ethics public health professionals are obliged to take such harm into account. The first level of harm may arise when the legislation actually mandates an unsafe act because all the consequences of...
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    A better understanding of cycle helmet disadvantages is needed

    Dear Editor,

    Cycle helmet law for children not justified

    The paper about bicycle helmets and legislation, ‘Liberty or death; don't tread on me’ (1) provides a quite traditional view and assumes helmet legislation may be appropaite for children.

    A recent report, 'Evaluation of New Zealand's bicycle helmet law’(2) provides some data that may assist in considering cycle helmets. The Conclusions stated, ”...

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