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December 16, 1911


Author Affiliations

Major, Medical Corps, U. S. Army FT. D. A. RUSSELL, WYO.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):1967-1969. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120157003

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History.  —On the morning of Sept. 3, 1910, a lad of 13 years accompanied by another about his own age, each armed with a shotgun, started hunting at a small lake near Fort Russell, Wyo. To get a better view of the surface of the lake and surroundings, the first-mentioned boy climbed on an ice chute platform, some 6 feet off the ground. This platform was constructed of planks 2 by 12 inches, with 2-inch spaces, except in one place, where part of a plank was broken out about 3 inches wide and 3 feet long. While intent on looking for ducks, the boy unconsciously let the gun slip from his hands; it fell through the hole caused by the broken plank, and in falling, the hammer struck on the boy's instep and the gun was discharged. The entire load of No. 4 shot passed along his left forearm and

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