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April 26, 1913

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JAMA. 1913;60(17):1307-1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340170035022

WATER-CORE GOLF-BALLS  Even our most innocent recreations seem hedged about with unseen dangers. Elsewhere in this issue will be found the case history of a boy who lost the sight of his right eye as the result of cutting into a golf-ball. This report is by no means the first one of its kind; indeed, there have been many both here and abroad, and attention has been called to the unwisdom of dissecting any golf-ball lest it prove to be one of the "water-core" variety. As a rule the centers of these balls are formed by a rubber bag containing various heavy fluids, almost all of which are highly caustic. Analyses of the contents in a number of reported cases have disclosed hydrochloric acid, solutions of zinc chlorid, caustic soda and other dangerous cauterants. These burning liquids and their rubber container are tightly covered by machine-wound ribbons or other material,

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