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December 23, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1956-1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510260042004

We all have a hazy understanding that there are too many industrial and other accidents in this country. We realize indistinctly and shudder sympathetically over those appalling federal statistics as to railroad accidents which have convicted us before all Europe of reckless disregard of human life. Indeed, we seem to accept the accident column as a natural accompaniment of our breakfast. It is a permanent feature of the daily papers, though its proportions tend to shrink as the material monotonously increases, so that the death of an obscure person by street-car accident is now not worth more than an inch of type. Yet, in fact, we are all curiously ignorant as to the actual extent and portent of accidents. We have no knowledge of the numbers of non-fatal accidents nor of the disability which results from them, and our only trustworthy figures as to fatal accidents are those concerning railroad