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Fracture of Skull, Rupture of Meningeal Artery. Ligation of Common Carotid, Recovery.

A. L. Brittin, M.D.
JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290047014.
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Athens, Ill., July 10, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Believing the following case would be of interest to the readers of the Journal, I will report it as briefly as possible:On Wednesday, April 15, 1897, I was called to see T. J. S., carpenter by occupation, age 28, American, and found him lying on the bed profoundly unconscious, pulse 40, breathing stertorous, right pupil dilated, and obtained the following history: Some four hours previously while engaged in building a barn a piece of timber, oak 2 × 8 inches, 11 feet in length, fell from upper part of barn frame while being placed in position by an assistant and dropped a distance of eight or ten feet, striking S. on the top of the head, felling him to the ground, but did not produce immediate unconsciousness. At time of accident he wore a very thick cap on his head, which


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