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August 30, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):493-494. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480350031003

A number of the important railroad systems of the country have recently taken up the question of arranging for the instruction of their employes in first aid to the injured. Some of them, indeed, have already made some progress in the work. This is a very commendable demonstration of the earnest desire of railroad officials to secure for the injured well-directed help and consequent relief from suffering and danger as soon after an accident as possible. First-aid instruction is deservedly gaining in popularity among all classes of people and will undoubtedly prove a valuable humanitarian help for the injured in many situations in life. Like all good things, however, the practice of first aid is liable to abuse, and this liability must be borne in mind if certain unfortunate consequences of well-intentioned but misdirected efforts are to be avoided. Some of these sad results have already been noted, and we