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August 24, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530080060004

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In this issue we publish our fifth annual compilation of the results of the "celebration" of Independence Day, and while they can not be considered as in any sense a flattering tribute to our national intelligence, yet there is much satisfaction for us in the returns on tetanus mortality. When The Journal first collected statistics on this subject, in 1903, the startling number of deaths for that year was 466, and of these 406 were due to tetanus; we also found reason for believing that this number was not greatly in excess of the results of the years immediately preceding it. On the publication of these figures a general alarm was sounded throughout the country and definite methods were adopted for a more sane method of celebration, with results that were at once apparent, for the next year the number of cases of tetanus was but 105. This improvement has

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