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United States

24 August 2004

New York Times, Book review

"Burn Unit: Saving Lives After the Flames," by Barbara Ravage. Da Capo Press, $26. "Private Guns, Public Health," by David Hemenway. University of Michigan Press, $27.95. Fire and guns are powerful tools, but their benefits are sometimes overshadowed by the death and injuries they inflict. Fire burns more than a million Americans each year, more than half of them children. On an average day in this country, guns are used to kill some 80 people and wound another... (

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