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March 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(11):808. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510380046011

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Several years ago The Journal had occasion to call attention to certain dangers incurred by banquet orators as specially illustrated by one or two notable instances. The dangers of public banquets do not appear to be entirely confined to those who have to undergo the cerebral congestion involved in after-dinner speeches. From time to time we hear of deaths occurring among those who took no prominent active intellectual part, and it is perhaps not too much to say that we are becoming somewhat accustomed to such casualties. In the city of Chicago alone one of the most prominent and publicspirited citizens succumbed not long since to the effects of an apoplectic attack incurred on such an occasion, and at a late Washington birthday banquet at one of the leading clubs two prominent citizens had to be carried out, one of whom has since died. There seems to be a sanitary

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