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August 30, 1913


JAMA. 1913;61(9):684-688. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350090052018

THE FOURTH OF JULY IN 1913  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. These results appear this week on another page.

DEATHS FROM FIREWORKS  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, 215 in 1909 and 466 in 1903. Only 3 of these deaths were due to tetanus as compared with 6 last year, 125 in 1909 and 406 in 1903. 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.

TOTAL CASUALTIES  This year the total number of casualties including the non-fatal

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