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September 29, 1894


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JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):506-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180024001j

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"In the time of peace," it has been said, "prepare for war." This necessary evil must sooner or later come to all countries, judging from the past; its evil consequences are sufficient when happy homes are robbed of fathers, husbands and sons, but when the projectiles are of such a nature as to produce great destruction of tissue, owing to shape and velocity, it becomes all true philanthropists to assist the Red Cross, which will figure so conspicuously in future Italian wars, to bring about such a change in projectiles as will cause the least destruction of tissue compatible with "disabling the enemy and causing him to retire from the field." During the riot in this city in 1893, I had the opportunity of seeing the great amount of mutilation and serious wounds produced by the modern firearms in the hands of our military company—those not instantly killed are so

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