November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190046010

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A curious fact, if it is such, that may have some medicolegal importance, is reported in the press dispatches from London. A man was found dead in a field near a brook, and the medical testimony was that drowning was the cause of death. The evidence seemed to show that he had fallen into the water and that he had been able to crawl out but had practically drowned on dry ground from the water he had taken in. The possibility of a man's being able to get out of the water and still being unable to free his lungs and therefore practically drowning on dry land is not altogether unsupposable, though little is said of it in works on medical jurisprudence.

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