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October 1, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(14):445-446. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400130029010

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Dear Sir:  —Believing with Dr. Arthur Young, who writes for The Journal of Sept. 13 concerning the "Burton Case," that cumulative testimony is of more importance than speculation as to the capacity for action after heart wounds, I beg leave to submit the following facts in an accidental killing: The fifteen years old son of H. Bruaw, of this place, was found dead near the railroad track on the afternoon of Aug. 9, 1886. It was at first supposed he had been killed by the cars, but on removal to the house and stripping, a hole of considerable size was found about midway between the left nipple and sternum. It was then supposed he had been shot, and a vicious neighbor boy who had threatened the family was arrested. On arrival of the coroner, and with the assistance of Dr. Wm. Thompson, I made an examination. We found the missile

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