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April 7, 1900

CURIOUS FACTS YOU FIND IN GENERAL SURGERY.

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PRESIDENT SEABOARD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA. NORFOLK, VA.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):849-850. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610140017001e

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Abstract

INJURY TO NEGRO'S HEAD.  Not many months ago I was called into the country to see a negro who had been chopped in the head with an ax "during a friendly" bout. I found a seemingly inanimate form, lying prone on the ground, and oozing leisurely from a long wound on the side of the head and face were several streams of blood. The man had received the cut three hours before and nothing had been done to check the flow of blood. Negroes are a peculiar people. Under no circumstances would one have helped this poor fellow, from the fear of getting "mixed" up with the courts, although they were perfectly willing to look on and speculate on the final outcome of everything connected with the case. Upon a closer examination I found that the external temporal and the transverse facial arteries had been entirely severed, besides a number

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