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March 17, 1900

TREATMENT OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS OF THE ABDOMEN: SOME NEW STATISTICS.

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):664-666. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610110024001i
Abstract

The surgery of gunshot wounds of the abdomen, which has been for some years pretty well settled to the satisfaction of the profession, received something of a shock by the report of the surgeons who served in the late war with Spain (see The Journal for July 9, 1898, and the published report of the last meeting of this body.) yet the inferences, and indeed the conclusions, affect surgical judgment to a considerable degree. It was because the settled data of private surgery were so much at variance with these reports that I deemed it justifiable to inquire a little further into the subject. The result of the investigation by Klemm shows, in an analysis of 152 cases, that even those in whom penetrating wounds in the abdomen were established, who did not die of immediate effects, eventually nearly succumbed to exhaustion from sepsis and later suppuration. The meaning of

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