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March 1, 1890

THE USE, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, OF POLARITY, FOR LOCATING THE WHEREABOUTS OF A LEADEN BULLET DEEPLY IMBEDDED IN THE BODY.Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(9):289-295. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410090001001

In the records of most, even of the greatest of this world's heroes, events of much moment, which it was important at the time of their occurrence, should not be made known, have often been so completely, and long suppressed as to subsequently render the possibility as facts almost incredible. Such may seem with some of my hearers to be the case as regards many of the circumstances associated with the incident which it is my purpose to relate in this communication.

It occurred in the life of one of the truly great heroes of our internecine war, and, at a period when its publication would have been demoralizing to the Union cause, yet it involved such a brief space of time as not to necessitate its being recorded, or any account made of it; and the events which rapidly followed in this hero's life were of such a momentous