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June 14, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;116(24):2685-2687. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820240045014

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS INJURIES  This year, as in the previous four years, the American Medical Association is circularizing hospitals, dispensaries and other institutions in the United States with a view to compiling a record of the deaths and injuries resulting from celebration of the Fourth of July with fireworks. As the result in large part of these annual summaries, several states have adopted effective anti-fireworks legislation. The number of deaths from this cause has been reduced therefore in 1940 to 8 as compared with 20 in 1937. The total number of injuries has been reduced from 7,205 in 1937 to 4,462 in 1940. Although the improvement is considerable, it is still obvious that there can be no relaxation of effort in the attempt to prevent such unnecessary accidents. Hospitals throughout the country are again asked to cooperate in the careful filling out and prompt return of the

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