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May 13, 1905

SAFEGUARDS FOR DUELISTS.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(19):1538-1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500460046012

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Abstract

It has been facetiously declared that the greatest peril undergone in a French duel is that of catching cold. There are, however, possibilities of being scratched and consequently the introduction of pathogenic germs under the skin. We do not know the kind of weapons used, but we presume that they are like those described by Daudet in his "Immortals," with a nice little groove in the side for the blood to run down the blade. Hence, the greater chances for contamination. Of course, they would be disinfected, but this might not be altogether effectual. The persons of the combatants themselves may also furnish bacilli that only want to be introduced below the protecting cuticle. Certain of our French confrères, therefore, have devised still further protections. The combatants must take certain medicines over night, and on reaching the field of honor be soaped and scrubbed from head to foot, rubbed down

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