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August 29, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(9):547-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490280017002

A. THE TETANUS MORTALITY.  Before the Fourth of July celebration began, accompanying the desultory explosions that precede it by several weeks, the daily papers throughout the entire country north of Dixie were full of warnings of what was to be expected. The experience of previous years was retold; how many lives had been lost through the accidents of the Fourth, and how many more had succumbed to the tetanus epidemic that follows in its train. There were countless warnings to parents, both of the dangers in the use of toy pistols and the necessity of proper care of the wounds they might produce. Much advice was given in this last respect that was for the most part good. The responsibility of municipal authorities was pointed out. Attention was called to innumerable ordinances controlling the sale of toy pistols to minors and the discharging of firearms in the limits of the

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