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February 27, 1897

MISCARRIAGE PRODUCED BY GUNSHOT WOUND PENETRATING THE UTERUS.

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NEOGA, ILL.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):406-407. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090024002k

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Abstract

Mrs. J. M., living near this place, seven months advanced in pregnancy, while descending a flight of steps holding a child in one arm and a loaded rifle in the opposite hand, dropped the weapon in such a manner as to discharge it, the ball entering her right thigh back of and a little below the trochanter major. It ranged upward through the obturator foramen, through the broad ligament into the uterus and amniotic sac, liberating the fluid contents thereof through the os uteri. I was hastily summoned, and went prepared to make an abdominal incision if necessary.

Although American born, she belonged to the race of the great unwashed, and my first act was to borrow from a kind neighbor some linen, of the sort akin to godliness, enough to dress the patient and her bed, after I had administered a prescription of sapo domesticus and aqua communis applied

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