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April 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(14):1198-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400076022

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A Peculiar Automobile Accident  A few days ago, in the Bois de Boulogne, a crowd gathered about an automobile stopped in the middle of the street. The traffic officers ordered the driver to go on, as his car was obstructing traffic. But the driver, as well as the companion seated with him, were unable to manipulate the levers. It was necessary to push the car out of the street. The two occupants of the car appeared to be suddenly affected with paralysis of the legs. A physician volunteered his services and discovered that they were both suffering from a comminuted fracture of each patella, which explained why it was impossible for them to execute any movement of the leg. The accident had occurred as the result of an abrupt stopping of the car to prevent a collision. Their knees had been brought violently in contact with the front of their

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