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September 21, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(12):505-506. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430380035007

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An interesting medico-legal point brought out in a recent murder trial, in regard to which there seems to be a lack of definite and positive statement in the text-books, is the question as to the immediate results on consciousness and motility, of gunshot wounds of the brain. A woman was shot with a pistol while in bed, and it is said she rose, spoke to her husband, and made her way to a rear porch. The prosecution claimed, and brought medical testimony to support its claim, that with such a wound she could not have walked or talked as she was said to have done. The details in the newspaper accounts as to the wound are not very exact, but it seems to have been high up in the brain; at first it was stated in the notes as one-half inch above the crus cerebri, but this was corrected to

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