Another Fourth of July has been celebrated; the returns are now all in; all cases of lockjaw that have developed from such injuries have been checked up; all fatalities have been investigated and the results have been tabulated….
The fatalities this year were not so numerous as last year, there being only thirty-two deaths from fireworks as compared with forty-one last year... Only 3 of these deaths were due to tetanus as compared with 6 last year... These marked reductions in fatalities and in the numbers of tetanus cases give the best evidence that the old-time barbarous celebration is about over....
The Fourth of July in 1913. JAMA. 2013;310(8):859. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5276