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June 29, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(26):1833-1834. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470260011008

What the human organism can stand in the way of injury, at least temporarily, is not yet absolutely determined. Every little while there appear presumably authentic reports of individuals surviving for hours, or even for longer periods, mutilations and injuries of supposed vital organs that are usually considered inevitably and immediately fatal. A recent case of this kind is reported by W. H. Clayton Greene,1 that is of some curious interest. A man fell from a ladder and was impaled upon an area railing. He was removed to the hospital, and when seen a little later was pulseless, but tne heart could be felt beating feebly and irregularly. There was a large gaping wound of the left hypochondrium, and it appeared that several ribs were fractured and hemorrhage had been excessive, but the condition of the patient prevented a detailed examination at this time. Under the influence of strychnin

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