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March 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480120027008

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The verdict of an English coroner's jury of "death by misadventure," in the case of a man killed in a fist fight, is commended by the London Lancet. It says: "It is for the pistol, the knife, and the attack by an organized gang as modes of settling quarrels between men or boys that the criminal law should be set in motion." This is giving a decidedly local color to a medicolegal opinion, and the dictum is about as justifiable as those in favor of dueling or lynch law. The fist may be very easily a fatal weapon, and those who are ready to use it on little provocation should not feel absolved from the full responsibility for whatever result may occur. The fist is supposed to be the natural British weapon for righting personal wrongs and has, therefore, a prejudice in its favor, which is. we think, indicated in

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