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December 17, 1955

Atlas zur Spurenkunde der Elektrizität

JAMA. 1955;159(16):1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960330078032

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This book on the physical damage caused by lightning and electrical discharges is distinguished by an extraordinary collection of photographs, many of them in color. The emphasis is on human tissue, and there are some good photomicrographs, but there are also significant pictures of inanimate material. The last seven plates show views of a museum devoted to lightning and electric shock. The author is especially concerned about the question of why any electrical burn is so much more serious than a thermal burn when superficially the two look about equally bad. He finds the explanation in destructive effects on the blood vessel wall; these profoundly impair the circulation and cause more or less extensive gangrene. This book is to be welcomed as a factual contribution in an area where hearsay evidence and superstition have had too much influence. It is attractive in appearance and well indexed. It should interest everyone

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