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February 5, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(6):150. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391310010001e

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In June, 1886, my little daughter, aged 8 years, while trying to drive a horse running at large, was kicked on the side of the head, the skull being fractured over the posterior superior portion of the right parietal bone, crushing the bone and driving it in, producing compression of the brain.

I was absent from home at the time, and my friend Dr. Burns was called in; his opinion was that she would not live twelve hours. I was immediately telegraphed for, and on arriving at home in a few hours I found the child in a comatose condition, her pulse regular and about 110. I sent for Dr. Burns, and we soon went to work to remove the compressed bone, but after the removal of seven pieces of bone the comatose condition was not entirely relieved. She remained in a semi-comatose condition for five days.

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