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August 1934

SYMMETRICAL TRAUMATIC FRACTURES OF THE CRANIUM; SYMMETRICAL FRAGMENTATION: COMMENTS ON THEIR MECHANISM

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CHICAGO
From the Norman Bridge Pathological Laboratory of Rush Medical College.

Arch Surg. 1934;29(2):171-226. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1934.01180020003001
Abstract

During thirteen and a quarter years, one of us (E. R. L.) made or took part in 1,278 postmortem examinations of the bodies of persons who at the time of death had fresh or recent traumatic linear fractures of the cranium such as usually are produced by blunt force. Fractures due to bullets or other missiles are not included in this group, nor are cleancut sharply localized perforating wounds of the cranium due to cutting implements or weapons. Twenty-six of the 1,278 fractures were in persons not more than 1 year old; 45, in persons from 1 to 10 years of age and 29, in persons between the ages of 11 and 20 years. This proportion of fractures in adults, 1.178 of the 1,278, is about the same as Vance1 found in 507 similar fractures, with 66 in persons in the first two decades of life. From time to

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