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Visual Impairment and Unintentional Injury Mortality: The National Heath Interview Survey 1986-1994

This paper examines the relationship between reported visual impairment and unintentional injury mortality. Data indicate that severe, bilateral visual impairment is associated with an increased risk of unintentional mortality among adults in the United States. This would seem to support that saving a person from blindness is halachically as if he is being saved from a life-threatening desease (suma kamet). Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33101, USA. dlee@med.miami.edu