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August 11, 1923

STAB WOUND INTO THE LEFT VENTRICLE OF THE HEART

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia

JAMA. 1923;81(6):476-477. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510060001014
Abstract

About seven years ago I sutured successfully a stab wound which opened into the left ventricle of the heart.1 The patient is alive and well today.

REPORT OF RECENT FATAL CASE 

History.  —At 2:30 p. m., May 20, 1923, a well developed negro, aged 33, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital. He had been stabbed in the left side of the chest by "a long, slender knife." The wound had been inflicted about thirty minutes before his arrival at the hospital.On the left side of the anterior wall of the thorax, in the sixth intercostal space, close to the sternum, there was a small, circular wound. Bright red blood trickled from this opening. There was an old scar on the right side of the anterior chest wall. The heart sounds were weak and irregular, and a bruit was heard in the mitral area. The patient's pulse was

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