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Bell ringers' bruises and broken bones: capers and crises in campanology [see comments]

Author(s): London, N. J.

Journal/Book: Bmj. 1990; 301: 1415-8.

Abstract: OBJECTIVE--To determine the incidence, aeriology, and outcome of injuries due to bell ringing. DESIGN--Retrospective review of the last six years' issues of Ringing World, advertisement in Ringing World, and a postal questionnaire sent to 20 active ringing towers. SUBJECTS--Regular bell ringers. RESULTS--Seventy nine injuries were identified both from review and by advertisement in Ringing World. The incidence of injury among 221 ringers identified by postal questionnaire was 1.8% a year. CONCLUSION--Although sonerous, bell ringing can be dangerous and occasionally even fatal. Doctors should be aware of the dangers to which campanologists expose themselves.

Keyword(s): Aged ; Aged, 80 and over; Bone and Bones injuries; Head Injuries etiology; Music ; Retrospective Studies; Risk Factors; Wounds and Injuries epidemiology Leisure Activities; Wounds and Injuries etiology Female; Human; Male; Support, Non U.S. Gov't

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