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December 20, 1985

Strike Me Dead!

Author Affiliations

Norman, Okla

JAMA. 1985;254(23):3312. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360230042017

To the Editor.—  In the Jan 11, 1985, issue, the authors of the article, "Lightning Injury With Survival in Five Patients,"1 state the following: "Reports of lightning injuries range from the anecdotal to collective reviews of large numbers of patients injured in natural electrocutions." I bring to the attention of the authors and the editors that if someone is electrocuted he dies. If someone is merely injured, the term "electrocution" is incorrect.