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September 2, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(10):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510100052005

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In this issue appears an annual summary of the accidents due to the idiotic methods of celebrating our national anniversary. The list, which no one can claim to be absolutely complete, is yet sufficiently appalling. There must be hundreds of minor injuries and many of a more severe character occurring on Fourth of July that never receive any public notice, and even deaths directly or indirectly due to such accidents undoubtedly escape publication or are miscredited to other causes. If we could have the full total of what we owe of human life and human suffering to this cause fully revealed, the facts would be still more formidable.

Nevertheless, the figures this year are full of encouragement. While the total of non-fatal injuries is greater than those of two years preceding, the total of deaths is still on the decrease, especially as compared with the figures of 1903. The difference

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