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March 16, 1912


Author Affiliations

Elmira, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(11):779. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030177017

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On account of its extreme rarity, the following case is reported:

History.  —Miss H., a well-developed girl, aged 16, was brought to the Arnot-Ogden Hospital at 8 o'clock one evening. About 1 p. m. she had secured her brother's Winchester rifle, 32-40 caliber, and sitting on a low step in front her house, placed the butt of the gun on the ground, the muzzle against her side and discharged the contents into her abdomen. A physician was called from a near-by town, who, after making an examination, applied an abdominal bandage and had her brought to the hospital, a distance of nine miles, in an ordinary farm wagon.

Examination.  —The patient was found to be between eight and nine months pregnant. The bandages and clothing were saturated with blood. There was not a great amount of shock; pulse was 116 of fairly good quality, respiration 34, temperature 100.2. The bullet'

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