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December 1, 1962

Exploding Bottles

Author Affiliations

AUS Los Angeles County General Hospital, 1200 N. State St., Los Angeles 33.
USA Rodriguez U.S. Army Hospital, APO 851, N.Y.

JAMA. 1962;182(9):969-970. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050480075022

To the Editor:—  There are few areas in the field of medicine where the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is more applicable than in the realm of accidents. There is a bizarre type of accident which, though not widely publicized, is probably not an infrequent occurrence, particularly during the warm seasons and in tropical climates. Seven cases of injuries resulting from fragments of exploding bottles containing carbonated beverages recently came to our attention while we were stationed at a military hospital in Puerto Rico:

  1. Penetrating injury of the right eye, requiring enucleation, in a 23-year-old male.

  2. Deep, 7-cm. laceration of the right leg in a 6-year-old female, extending to anterior surface of tibia.

  3. Laceration of the left wrist in an 11-year-old male.

  4. Laceration of the left leg in a 40-year-old male who was standing 15 feet from the exploding