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October 7, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(15):1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510150054010

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In view of the great and rapidly increasing number of fatal and disabling railroad accidents the proposal by certain railroads to drill their train crews in first aid instruction and to establish frequent small hospitals along its line is worthy of commendation. If accidents must happen, and some of them are probably unavoidable, it is really criminal to leave them unprovided for. That a great many more occur than should, makes the need a still more urgent one. It might not be policy to advertise hospital advantages with excursion rates, but to have first aid and hospitals at hand when needed would be one of the best things possible—next to preventing the accidents.

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