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June 22, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(25):2118-2119. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520510036003

It is again time to sound the alarm and to prepare for the annual tetanus epidemic. We approach the celebration with somewhat less apprehension this year than we did a few years ago, for there is now every reason to believe that few of the many deaths that will follow can be ascribed to anything but municipal and parental negligence. Physicians will do their part to keep the mortality figures at a minimum. For four years The Journal has compiled statistics and published comments on the injuries of the Fourth and their results, and for immediate and valuable results it has been a most profitable undertaking. The first year, 1903, yielded 466 deaths as our tribute to Independence Day, and of these 415 were due to tetanus. On the basis of these figures, a vigorous campaign was started and taken up enthusiastically by other medical journals and the daily papers,

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