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For the fourth consective year The Journal publishes statistics regarding injuries received during the celebration of the Fourth of July, with special reference to tetanus resulting from these injuries. The total number of cases this year is 89, or 15 less than last year, when there were 104 cases. In 1904 there were 105 cases and in 1903, 415. This shows a considerable reduction, there being 326 less than in 1903. To compare the totals of accidents caused by blank cartridges in the different years is interesting, and also shows a decrease until this year, when there is an increase. In 1903 there were 1,672 injuries due to this cause, compared with 1,005 in 1904, 809 in 1905, and 979 this year. (See Table 4.)
The figures this year are from the same source as heretofore and treated in the same manner, so that any comparisons between the figures of
FOURTH OF JULY INJURIES AND TETANUS.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(7):505–508. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210070038002