A REVIEW of recent and older medical literature discloses that the occurrence of bayonet wounds of the head is rather infrequent if not rare. I had an opportunity to observe and treat 5 patients who had penetrating craniocerebral wounds incurred with bayonets. Because of the peculiarities as well as the rarity of this type of head wound, the 5 cases are recorded herein, together with a résumé of the history of the bayonet and a review of the medical literature pertaining to such injuries.
—The infliction and treatment of incised wounds of the head from sharp-edged weapons have been of prime importance to man's existence since prehistoric times. Although in ancient times swords and spears were common implements of warfare, in more recent centuries the bayonet has taken their place and now it remains the one sharp-edged weapon of common usage by foot soldiers. The origin of
ABBOTT KH. INCISED WOUNDS OF THE HEAD INFLICTED BY BAYONETS. Arch Surg. 1947;54(2):121-137. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1947.01230070126002