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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 4, 2010

Fatal Gunshot Wound

JAMA. 2010;304(5):585. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1017

A. F. JOHNSON, M.D., Gresham, Neb.

Oct. 21, 1910, I was called to see a boy about 10 years of age, who had been accidentally shot by a .44 caliber rifle, in the hands of a younger brother. The bullet entered the knee-joint from the anterior side, just internal to the patella, and passed completely through the joint, severing the popliteal artery. I arrived about ten minutes after the accident had occurred, but the loss of blood was so great, that the patient lived but a few minutes, never having regained consciousness. This emphasizes the necessity of instruction in the public schools regarding “first aid to the injured.”