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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 13, 2008


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;300(6):740. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.740-a

Physician Shot at Bedside of His Patient.

Torquay was the scene of a murderous attack on a physician by a member of the patient's family. For some months a local practitioner, Dr. Hamilton Cuming, had been attending a little girl, the only child of a wealthy Russian gentleman, who is a widower. Two operations had been performed on the child, and it is supposed that anxiety for the child to whom he was devotedly attached, unhinged the father's mind. At 3 a. m. the physician was at the child's bedside, when the father entered the room suddenly, produced a revolver and fired, the bullet entering at one side of his victim's neck and coming out at the other. The Russian allowed himself to be disarmed while the police were being sent for. It is suggested that he fired at the doctor under the delusion that he was administering poison to the child. The doctor is progressing favorably.