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April 28, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(17):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510440043006

Physicians as well as the general public were startled by the sensational headlines in the newspapers last week which announced that, after twenty-five days of imprisonment in the mine at Courrières in northern France,1 a fourteenth survivor had shocked one of the salvage party engaged rather in repairing the mine than in rescue work by placing his hand on his shoulder and asking aid. Some five days previously thirteen others, thought long dead, had been found alive. Such survivals for prolonged periods are not so rare as might be thought. A miner in the hard coal regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania was confined for even a longer period than these French miners and recovered completely from his trying experience. The failure of the authorities in charge of the rescue work in France to realize the possibility of such long survival eminently merits the disapproval which has been aroused among the