At the last Atlantic City session of this Association I presented a paper on the subject of the eye injuries of Independence Day, a paper which, I believe, was the pioneer communication on this subject before a body of medical men. Thanks to the admirable work of The Journal ofthe Association, I was able to gather much valuable information bearing on this subject. The very fact that three years ago on July 4 nearly five hundred persons were killed, twenty-five individuals were made totally blind, and ninety-five others lost an eye apiece indicates that there is something radically wrong and strongly suggestive of lawlessness in our American civilization. The subject has especially interested me, for every year I have had brought to my notice cases which illustrate forcibly the great folly of the popular way of celebrating our Independence Day.
For example, on July 4, 5 and 6, 1888, there
RANDOLPH RL. THE INJURIES OF INDEPENDENCE DAY.AND WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN BALTIMORE TOWARD LESSENING THEM. A FURTHER CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUBJECT.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(1):17–19. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210010017001e