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August 18, 1888

A STOIC OF SEVEN YEARS.

JAMA. 1888;XI(7):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400590024007

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Abstract

A remarkable case of concealment of severe injury occurred in Evansville, Ohio, on August 8th, according to the newspapers. It seems that the 7-year old son of Austin Coombs, took a revolver from his father's desk, and while playing with it accidentally discharged it, the ball taking effect in his abdomen. On his mother's return she questioned the boy, who admitted having discharged the revolver, saying nothing of the injury to himself. He having been forbidden to touch the revolver he was chastised by his mother, the boy standing the punishment without a whimper. Shortly afterward he slipped away to a room upstairs and prepared to change his clothes, the ones he wore being clotted with blood from the pistol wound. Toward noon he began to feel sick, and going into a side room lay down upon the floor. Upon being called shortly afterward to get some wood he replied

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