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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 16, 2009

STILL TEMPORIZING WITH THE BLANK CARTRIDGE PISTOL

JAMA. 2009;302(11):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1200

Blank cartridge wounds cause more deaths in the annual celebration of the Fourth of July than all other factors combined. In seven years, 794 deaths have been caused by this one factor! Most of the victims were bright active boys, aged from 6 to 18 years, and they were doomed to die the most awful death known to medical science, a death the agony of which is probably not paralleled even by the tortures of the Inquisition . . . . But this annual outrage is not necessary; it is entirely preventable, and the prevention rests with our city governments.

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