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Old 05-11-2015, 05:36 AM   #1
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Lawrence of Arabia, Hugh Cairns, and crash helmets

Interesting article about the development, and genesis, of the crash helmet.

" "We know from Cairns' diaries that he was thinking very hard about head injuries to motorcyclists and crash helmets before World War Two. They were mentioned in his diaries and the first mention is around the time of TE Lawrence's death," explains Alex Green, consultant neurosurgeon at the Nuffield Department of Surgery in Oxford, which Cairns founded.

Cairns began to gather evidence on head injuries suffered by bikers. It was pioneering work.

It was more than six years after Lawrence's death though before Cairns was ready with his first research. In October 1941, and by now consulting neurosurgeon to the Army, he published his initial results in the British Medical Journal. The article was entitled "Head Injuries in Motor-cyclists - the importance of the crash helmet"."

Lawrence of Arabia and the crash helmet
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:51 AM   #2
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Modern media... the photo of "Lawrence" in Arab garb is actually Peter O'Toole, a still taken from the movie shoot...

Public attention was one of the reasons T. E. Lawrence went "underground" after returning from the Middle East.

He was a truly tortured soul... classic PTSD.

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