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In the Revue de Chirurgie, for Jan. 10, 1895, there appears an interesting article on the conduct of the surgeon, in the case of penetrating wounds of the chest by side arms, by Huguet and Péraire, who quote numerous observations by Terrier and Lucas-Championnierre, and by themselves.
The code duello is so much in vogue in France that even in the "piping times of peace," there is abundant opportunity for the study of this class of wounds.
The authors make very clear by their observations that early removal of such patient from the field is extremely dangerous, unless every precaution be taken to immobilize the chest wall as far as possible. The following is a summary of their conclusions:
1. There is absolute necessity of treating the wounded, at the place; the gravity of the concussion communicated by transportation, whether the journey is long or short, gives even stronger reason,
TREATMENT OF PENETRATING WOUNDS OF THE CHEST. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(10):371–372. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430100031005
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