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January 8, 1898

An Interesting Case.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540052015

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Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Dec. 27, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Christmas eve two men engaged in a quarrel in a saloon in this city over a bill. They went out into the street to continue the quarrel. After some words, the larger of the two, who was a large powerful man, struck the other a severe blow in the mouth. Instead of falling backward as would have been expected, the man hit fell forward and his enemy struck him another blow as he went down. He immediately became unconscious, and though his heart was beating when medical aid reached him, respiration had ceased and he was shortly pronounced dead.All sorts of conjectures were indulged in as to the probable cause of death, it not being thought probable that two such blows as were given could kill a man. Some attributed it to heart disease, others thought his neck must

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