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March 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(11):293. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390860013005

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The past two years have been rather fruiful of new surgical injuries. To the much written of "lawn-tennis back," "lawn-tennis knee," " football shoulder " and "bicycle perineum," it seems that we must now admit "dynamite injuries" as a peculiar class of surgical lesions. Unfortunately, as regards an extensive acquaintance with the peculiarities of this latter class, and unfortunately, also, for the recipients of these injuries, the persons affected by them are more often subjects for a coroner's inquest than for the surgeon's skill.

Mr. Frederick Treves reports, in the British Medical Journal of February 14, 1885, the cases of two sufferers from the dynamite explosion at the Tower of London, who came under his care at the London Hospital. As regards the gross lesions caused by the explosion of dynamite, there seems to be nothing special. The fractures, lacerations and contusions inflicted by fragments and falling débris are very similar to

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