November 9, 1901

Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900. Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Caliber.

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By George Henry Makins, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to St. Thomas' Hospital, London. Cloth. Pp. 493. Price, $4.00 net. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co. 1901.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450044026

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This work is a valuable contribution to military medicine. The author has utilized his experience most thoroughly and it would be hardly possible for any surgeon who has to deal with gunshot traumatisms, and especially military surgeons, not to derive benefit from its perusal. It seems to us one of the most valuable medical contributions that has appeared upon recent military operations. The book is elegantly illustrated, and gracefully written. The author gives illustrations of the various missiles, showing some taken from captured cartilages that have evidently been tampered with to make the wound more deadly. He does not, however, credit all the accusations that have been made as to the use of explosive bullets. The treatise is one that will be likely to be referred to by almost all military surgeons, at least while gunshot wounds are caused in war or until methods have changed in a way that

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