South African Medical Journal

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Gunshot wounds of the South African War

Theodore James


This historical glimpse into one particular corner of the South African war, the gunshot wounds suffered by soldier and succoured by surgeon, purposes to show that despite initial misgivings about the expected ugliness of the wounds which were to be caused by the Mauser and Lee-Metford projectiles on the battlefield, according to the ballistic experts, they turned out to be of remarkably benign nature to the astonishment of all military surgeons who had to do with them, and, in historical review, might be regarded as unique.

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