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July 3, 1909


Author Affiliations

First Assistant to the Chair of Clinical Surgery, University College of Medicine RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(1):30-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550010034003b

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The following case is of interest, not only on account of its very extensive character, but also as it illustrates a type of wound that has become extremely rare since men have discarded the spear in battle.

History of Accident.  —The patient was a tall, well-muscled negro, 20 years of age, engaged in saw-mill work. On June 22, 1908, about 10:30 a. m., while in a stooping posture in front of his saw he was struck full in the throat by a rough, undressed, blunt-ended, pine strip, eight feet in length, and an inch by an inch and a quarter in diameter. The strip was caught in the teeth of the saw. which was making 0.000 revolutions per minute, and hurled like a javelin with terrifie force. It made a ragged wound of entry in the median line

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