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June 1992

Violent Brain Injuries by Gunshot in Duval County, Florida, 1989-1991

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology
Trauma Coordinator
Department of General Surgery University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville, FL 32209

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(6):588. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530300020003

To the Editor.  —In response to the editorial on "violence" in the November 1991 issue of the Archives, the last 3 years' data (1989 through 1991) on violent brain injuries by gunshot were reviewed and analyzed from the Trauma Registry of the University Medical Center of Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. University Medical Center is the only Trauma One medical facility in Duval County and surrounding northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. It serves about 600000 people in Jacksonville, and 1.2 million people in 20 counties of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. This is not a "high crime" area. Therefore, these data reflect the incidence of violent brain injuries for this entire region.This search was limited to assault by firearms and explosives, E code E965. A total of 107 patients suffered from violent brain injuries by gunshot in the last 3 years (1989 through 1991). There were three subgroups in this

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