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December 8, 1883

THE PULSE AFTER HANGING.

JAMA. 1883;I(22):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390220026015

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Abstract

Maryville, Tenn., Nov. 28, 1883.

Prof. N. S. Davis, M.D., Editor:

On the 23d inst., Andy Taylor was executed or hanged at Loudon, Loudon County, Tenn. Being one of the physicians appointed to be present at the execution, I took the following notes: Pulse after the rope was adjusted, 121; first minute after the drop, pulse 54; second minute, 52; third minute, 39; fourth minute, 20; fifth minute, 0; sixth minute, 70; seventh minute, 73; eighth minute, 0; ninth 34. After this no pulse was perceptible; neck not dislocated; died from strangulation. The heart beat the nineteenth minute one time, and two or three times only from the ninth to the nineteenth, when life was extinct. No priapism produced. Drop fell at 3:15 P. M.; the body was cut down in thirty minutes. I send you the above items, thinking that they would be of some interest to the profession

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