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November 26, 1910


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Gresham, Neb.

JAMA. 1910;55(22):1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330220036013

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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."

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