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August 10, 1935

TABLE KNIFE IN CRANIUM: CRANIECTOMY WITH COMPLETE RECOVERY

JAMA. 1935;105(6):431-432. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760320001010
Abstract

While many skull injuries have been reported, this case is of such an unusual character that I felt it would be of interest to record it.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.—  In 1930 the patient was shot by a patrolman, and four bullets were removed at Fordham Hospital—two from the neck and two from the right arm. From this, he recovered completely.Oct. 24, 1934, the patient, while an inmate at the penitentiary, was attacked and forcibly held by two prisoners while a third prisoner viciously struck him a terrific blow in the head with a table knife, which had been previously sharpened to a point. Had it not been for the fact that the patient suddenly ducked his head forward and downward to protect himself, the blade would probably have entered the skull in a horizontal plane. What did occur was a deviation of the line of penetration obliquely downward and backward, so that the vital

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