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July 1, 1950

Current Comment

JAMA. 1950;143(9):818. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910440036019

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Abstract

SAFETY FIRST  This week end, the fourth of July week end, is one during which many tragic accidents occur. The National Safety Council is urging people to be extra careful to offset, at least in part, the increased holiday hazards. The proper appoach by all who in any way will attempt to commemorate the birth of this nation's independence is one of intelligent fear—recognition of the extra hazards and determination to meet them with extra care. Apparently the fourth of July week end is one of the most dangerous single periods of the year, and the National Safety Council's exhortation to "be alive on the fifth" is not amiss or just a slogan, as probably hundreds of persons who begin this holiday will not be alive when it is ended. Physicians are human, and they too are urged to recognize the need for patience in a slow-moving line of cars;

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