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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 4, 2010

Pistol-Shot Wound Through the Head

JAMA. 2010;304(5):585. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1018

DR. JOSEPH T. SEYMOUR, Whiteville, Tenn.: The patient was a boy, 15 years of age, who accidentally shot himself through the head while examining a pistol. The ball entered the head on the right side near the external angular process of the frontal bone, just above the supra-orbital ridge, passing through the skull and brain on a straight line, making its exit at the junction of the parietal, occipital and mastoid portions of the temporal bone. The opening at the point of exit was about the size of a nickel, being much larger than that at the point of entrance. Free drainage was established, and the patient made a good recovery.