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August 28, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(9):795-799. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.25810090001014

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This week for the thirteenth consecutive year, The Journal presents statistics of deaths and injuries resulting from the celebration of the Fourth of July, with special reference to tetanus, or lockjaw, resulting from these injuries. With the rapid decline in the number of casualities in the last few years, instead of relaxing its vigilance, The Journal has made extra effort to secure complete and accurate data. Whereas, in former years, long lists of casualties were received

from the various hospitals, during the last few years, and this year particularly, the blanks were returned with very short lists or with the statement that no cases whatever were treated. Health officers, also, who formerly sent in long lists of killed and injured, likewise had no names to report. On many of the blanks was written the significant statement: "We had a safe and sane Fourth." The data are presented in the same

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