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September 19, 1903

Tetanus in the South at the Christmas Celebration.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490310038009

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San Antonio, Tex., Sept. 9, 1903.

To the Editor:  —Reading the editorial in The Journal, August 29, giving the astounding number of the last Fourth of July tetanus cases, it occurred to me to call your attention to the fact that the number of tetanus victims of the blank cartridge will be much greater if you include those which result during the Christmas celebration in the south.On my arrival from the north to this city about four years ago I was pleasantly surprised to find how orderly and quietly the people here celebrate the Fourth of July. Not a single accident case was reported in the press; but my surprise was still greater when Christmas day came: Fire crackers, pistols and cannons were all brought into use in trying to make up for the Fourth of July. The celebration is in part kept up till after the New Year's

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