April 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(17):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480170039010

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One of the leading railroads in the middle west has initiated a practice that seems eminently proper and likely to be useful. Every freight and passenger train is supplied with an emergency medicine chest and packets and the trainmen are to be instructed in their use. It often happens that medical aid is not immediately available in cases of railroad accidents and if physicians happen to be present they are not always provided with the medicines and appliances that are desirable; hence the utility of first-aid packages and a supply of such drugs, etc., as are useful in cases of accident. The medicine chests for the passenger trains are naturally to be more complete and will contain a considerable variety of articles suitable for emergencies of sudden injury or sickness. On the freight trains the outfits are simpler and are accompanied with directions for their use. It is prescribed that

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