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August 29, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(9):763-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540090045009

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The carelessness and indifference to human life shown in the repeated occurrence of railroad and car accidents, in reckless driving, particularly of automobiles, in the public distribution of samples of "headache powders" and other poisonous remedies, and in other ways, was signally displayed this week in Chicago. A live wire was left dangling in the street for more than two days after proper warning had been given. The natural result of this criminal negligence is one little girl killed, and her five-year-old brother dangerously burned. Had the ultimate purpose of a coroner's inquest been at tained, instead of a verdict of accidental death, there would have been issued a verdict of culpable homicide against the person responsible for the continuance of this death trap from Friday until Monday.

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