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March 30, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):893. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.52470130041003

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S. V. C., night-watchman at a planing-mill, was accidently shot while stooping to pick up an object from the floor, his pistol falling out of its holster and being discharged upon striking the floor. The ball, of 41-caliber size, entered the anterior fold of the left axilla, between the third and fourth ribs, and emerged at the back, between the sixth and seventh ribs, just external to the axillary border of the scapula. The patient was able to walk from the place of accident to his house, a distance of 500 yards, and when I arrived I found him bleeding profusely and complaining of an intense burning pain through the entire left side. There was very little shock noticed and he was in good spirits. The anterior wound was round, clean and surrounded by a few powder-burn marks. The posterior wound, or point of exit of the bullet, was large

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