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October 1, 1892

THE RELATION OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE TO HERNIAL PROTRUSIONS THROUGH THE ABDOMINAL WALLS.THE PHYSIOLOGICAL, PATHOLOGICAL AND MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE QUESTION. Read in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(14):387-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420140001001

Shortly after my advent into the active practice of my profession, a case came under my observation, in which, it was alleged that the patient, who then, had a large, inguinal hernia, sustained it, solely, through an assault. As the patient was a very old man—about 70, or 75 years old—in consequence of the castigation he had borne, in connection with the infirmities associated with the senile state, he was confined to the house, considerable part of his time, remaining in bed. After ailing for a month or two he died.

It is unnecessary for me here, to note the gross provocation which incited his assailant to belabor him; nevertheless, it is apropos and important, to state, that no inordinate violence was employed. The old man was hoeing by the roadside; when a man came along, driving cows to pasture, when one of them crouched her neck and bit off