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June 26, 1926

ITALY

JAMA. 1926;86(26):1993-1994. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670520037016

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Abstract

International Congress of Surgery  More than 500 surgeons attended the seventh international congress of surgery, which recently convened at Rome.

THE OPENING SESSION  The opening session of the congress was held, April 7, under the chairmanship of Premier Mussolini. After a short address of welcome by the governor of the city, Mussolini reviewed rapidly the history of surgery. It was at the close of the first session that he was wounded in the nose by a shot fired by Miss Gibson. The shot was deflected by Professor Giordano, who seized the hand of the assailant. The bullet, after piercing Mussolini's nose, struck the back of the hand of Professor Alessandri, director of the surgical clinic of Rome, producing a slight contusion.

THE WORK OF THE CONGRESS  The first scientific assembly was held, the afternoon of the same day. The main paper on the first topic, "Radium Treatment of Cancer of

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