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December 21, 1907

FOOTBALL MORTALITY AMONG BOYS.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530250040004
Abstract

We called attention early in the season to the fact that deaths and serious injuries were resulting from football, in spite of the claims made that the new rules would give comparative exemption from the dangers of the unreformed game of three years ago. The statistics for the completed season now in hand present a number of features interesting to physicians—and surgeons. They have been gathered by Arthur B. Reeve,1 a football enthusiast, who for the last five years has given special attention to football injuries and deaths, and who is acknowledged to be an authority on the subject. His figures then may be quoted with perfect assurance that there is no exaggeration and that, indeed, if anything he presents the picture a little brighter than it is in reality.

In the season just closed, fourteen football players were killed and fifty-eight seriously injured. In 1905 twenty-two were killed

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