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WOUND, med. jur. This term, in legal medicine, comprehends all lesions of the body, and in this it differs from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. The latter only refers to a solution of continuity, while the former comprises not only these, but also every other kind of accident, such as bruises, contusions, fractures, dislocations, and the like. Cooper's Surgical Dict. h.t.; Dunglison's Med. Dict. h.t.; vide Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, mot Blessures 3 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 687-811.
     2. Under the statute 9 Geo. IV. c. 21, sect. 12, it has been held in England, that to make a wound, in criminal cases, there must be "an injury to the person by which the skin is broken." 6 C. & P. 684; S. C. 19 Eng. C. L. Rep. 526. Vide Beck's Med. Jur. c. 15; Ryan's Med. Jur. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 652; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 425, 430, 526, 529; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 278; 4 C. & P. 381; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 430; 4 C. & P. 446; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 466; 1 Moody's Cr. C. 318; 4 C. & P. 558; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 526; Carr. Cr. L. 239; Guy, Med. Jur. ch. 9, p. 446; Merl. Repert. mot Blessure.
     3. When a person is found dead from wounds, it is proper to inquire whether they are the result of suicide, accident, or homicide. In making the examination, the greatest attention should be bestowed on all the circumstances. On this subject some general directions have been given under the article Death. The reader is referred to 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 68 to 93. As to, wounds on the living body, see Id. 188.

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The majority of patients suffering penetrating wounds to the heart do not survive long enough to receive any medical assistance.
Yesterday, the jury was told pathologists who examined her body both agreed she died "with in a small number of minutes" of suffering the penetrating wound.
Ms Flintham had suffered a penetrating wound to her left upper abdomen.
A post-mortem by a Home Office pathologist found Mitchel died from a penetrating wound to the head.
The Ministry of Interior stated that Dawoud sustained several wounds at his left chest, one penetrating wound, and cuts at his right arm.
However, there are other conditions that can cause similar symptoms as you have described, such as those affecting the salivary and thyroid glands or an abscess resulting from a penetrating wound.
The airgun pellet will almost certainly have dragged the cat's fur in with it ( often if you look carefully small tufts of hair are visible poking out through the penetrating wound.
The primary signs and symptoms of his laryngeal trauma were hoarseness, hemoptysis, the loss of his laryngeal prominence (Adam's apple), neck tenderness, traumatic emphysema in the neck, and a small penetrating wound to the right of the laryngeal prominence.
A post mortem exmaination revealed that death was caused by a penetrating wound.
This starts as a penetrating wound on the underside of the foot.
A post-mortem examination showed that the Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter, who lived in Ringwood Road, Bushbury, in the city, had suffered a penetrating wound to the heart during the attack in the early hours of June 22.
Included were 14 victims of blunt trauma and six victims of a penetrating wound made either by a knife or ballistic weapon.