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August 29, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(9):782-783. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570090068020

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The Fourth of July has again come and gone. A sufficient time has passed to collect and to verify all reports of deaths and serious injuries. All cases of tetanus developing from injuries received in the celebration have been recorded, and the tabulated statistics of all casualties are printed this week on another page.

DEATHS AND INJURIES THIS YEAR  The returns show a continued increase over the casualties of two years ago, there being 1,506 this year as compared with 1,163 last year and 988—the lowest number—in 1912. There were 40 deaths this year as compared with 32 last year—the lowest number—and 41 in 1912. There were only 3 cases of tetanus—the lowest number—compared with 4 last year and 7 in 1912. These returns are very low, however, when compared with 130 cases of tetanus, 215 deaths and a total of 5,307 casualties, which was the record for 1909, only

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