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October 24, 1914

Gunshot Injuries: How they are Inflicted. Their Complications and Treatment.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(17):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570170065029

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At this particular time a work on gunshot injuries is of special interest. The author takes up not only bullet wounds made by the ordinary rifle but also wounds made by all kinds of modern firearms. The firearms themselves are first described, then the character of the projectiles, and this is followed by a chapter on the theory of ballistics. Characteristic lesions caused by projectiles with their symptoms and complications are considered in a general way, followed by a detailed treatment of the subject of wounds of special organs and regions. Careful discrimination is made when possible between the conditions which prevail during military service and those of civil life when the same might affect in any way the treatment which should be instituted. The experiences of the leading surgeons of the latest wars are drawn on freely to illustrate the points brought out. The author has done considerable original

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