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Gunshot wounds of the kidney, the history of more than thirty years demonstrates, are among the rarer lesions that come under the surgeon's care. These organs by reason of their deep location escape the accidents that so frequently happen to the other abdominal viscera. Their importance to the human economy, their anatomic peculiarities and relation to the other viscera, the difficulty of making an exact diagnosis at the time of injury before an operation is undertaken or thought advisable, give to the history of individual cases a distinct interest, and will in time make the duty and responsibility of the surgeon clear, as additional light is shed upon this class of lesions in the operating room as well as at the postmortem table.
Long before the era of antisepsis the necessity of providing free drainage in wounds of the kidneys was emphasized by Larrey and Dupuytren. The wisdom of this
LEMON CH. GUNSHOT WOUNDS OF THE KIDNEY. REPORT OF TWO CASES.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):53–56. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020005001a