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April 2, 1910

THE FOURTH-OF-JULY SACRIFICE—MUST WE HAVE IT THIS YEAR?

JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1147. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400033007
Abstract

Seven years ago The Journal, realizing the enormous sacrifice of human life in connection with our annual celebration of the Fourth of July, and believing that the public should be made accquainted with the actual figures, undertook to gather and publish accurate statistics regarding the matter. Every possible care has been taken each year in collecting these statistics, large numbers of individual cases being followed up, and sufficient time being allowed to elapse before final publication so as to include termination of the cases of lockjaw following Fourth-of-July wounds. For the first year or two the figures presented were apparently not appreciated but gradually they have been, and during the last two or three years they have been made the basis of a propaganda for a more sensible method of celebrating our national holiday. While the results of the propaganda have not been all that could be wished, it is

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