The Traps of Youth

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ISBN: 9781457539442
268 pages

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Of all the traps of youth, the most deadly are:

The loss of 14 precious years of life from premature death from lifetime nicotine poisoning from smoking, and by highway crashes during their dangerous teen years when they are living life with gusto and are easily distracted while living very much in the now.


About Albert Lee Daw, MD, FACS

I am a retired educator, trauma and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeon, and college teacher (anatomy and physiology, biology, world cultural geography, and surgical technology). I love to teach.

I graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in psychology, and from the University of Maryland Medical School with a degree in medicine. I am a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, obtained after a four-year surgical residency at Prince Georges General Hospital, Cheverly, Maryland, where I learned a great deal about dangers and how to fix and prevent many.



In a June 30, 1997, article in Time magazine, Richard Kluger wrote, “Kids smoke in part because it’s dangerous, not in spite of it, and forbidden fruit, no matter how badly spotted, rarely loses its allure.” It hurts so good.

What does danger look like to kids? It appears counterintuitive to establish a relationship with danger. Nevertheless, I believe it happens as machismo, or being macho in dealing with the dangers encountered during our youth. When we are younger, some of us are attracted to danger and become macho daredevils, especially when we are with friends. Danger is a spice of life that appeals to younger people more so than to older people.


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