The hazards of daily life: an historical perspective on adult unintentional injuries

J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008 Nov;62(11):952-6. doi: 10.1136/jech.2007.067918.


Unintentional injuries are a major public health problem. This paper analyses coroners' inquests from Sussex, England, for the period 1485-1688 to consider the circumstances surrounding adult unintentional injury deaths. Parallels with the situation today are examined. Travel was found to be the most hazardous activity, drowning was also highly significant and there were large differences between men and women.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 17th Century
  • Humans
  • Industry / history
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Play and Playthings / injuries
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Transportation / history
  • Travel / history
  • Wounds and Injuries / history*
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control
  • Young Adult