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July 23, 1892

A Necessary Correction.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(4):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420040024005

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Southern Surgical and Gynecological Transactions, Vol. IV, page 163.—"Dr. George A. Baxter, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

I declare myself positively in favor of early operation in these cases, but I want to relate a case such as will be, and is used against it. A gun specially loaded for the object was discharged at a distance of less than twenty feet, and one negro had shot another in the back, seventeen balls by actual count entering the right kidney. One of them was detected underneath the skin, further around to the right side; and one, evidently striking some portion of the spinal column, was detected in the clothes. Fifteen balls, however, could not be found by those gentlemen first having the case in charge. The man came under my care six days after the injury, with no indication of peritonitis; but he had at that time an enormously enlarged liver and stomach.

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