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September 17, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(12):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400110030009

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Dear Sir:  —In The Journal of September 3, the paper of Dr. W. T. Parker is mainly devoted to discussing the question whether the two bullet wounds described could have been self-inflicted, and if they were, which was first in point of time? In regard to the last question the consensus of opinion seems almost unanimous in favor of the position that the heart wound would be so instantaneously fatal as to preclude the idea of that being the primary injury.As the only method of determining such a question is by the observation of the results of similar injuries, under conditions favorable for watching the entire process, it follows that any fact so observed, bearing directly on the issue, will possess a certain value, possibly sufficient to warrant its record. This consideration must therefore be the apology for a brief narrative of a case recently within the cognizance of

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