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August 29, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(9):558. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490280028003

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The Fourth of July, with its casualties, has come and gone, and we can now count up the cost. Elsewhere in this issue we give a summary of the accidents, so far as reported to us, and a special analysis of the tetanus cases. The truly formidable showing made is well worthy of serious contemplation. We like to consider ourselves a smart people, but there are some facts that are troublesome to this conceit, and the present method of celebrating the nativity of our national independence is one of them. True patriotism is an excellent thing, but no one serves his country by making his nation's birthday a day of peril to life, limb and property. It would be a rash calculation that would estimate that even 50 per cent, of those celebrating the Fourth have any real spirit of patriotism in the act. All that is wanted by them

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