The following case is of interest, not only on account of its very extensive character, but also as it illustrates a type of wound that has become extremely rare since men have discarded the spear in battle.
History of Accident.
—The patient was a tall, well-muscled negro, 20 years of age, engaged in saw-mill work. On June 22, 1908, about 10:30 a. m., while in a stooping posture in front of his saw he was struck full in the throat by a rough, undressed, blunt-ended, pine strip, eight feet in length, and an inch by an inch and a quarter in diameter. The strip was caught in the teeth of the saw. which was making 0.000 revolutions per minute, and hurled like a javelin with terrifie force. It made a ragged wound of entry in the median line