Medicine: Death Walk

A 62-year-old Scotsman, depressed, put a bullet through his brain with a .45 service revolver, leaving a 1¼-inch hole in his forehead. What happened thereafter was so astonishing that Edinburgh's Principal Police Surgeon Douglas J. A. Kerr reported it in last week's Lancet.

The suicide took place in the evening, in a summer house across the street from the suicide's rooming house. In the summer house police found about 20 cigaret stubs, the revolver, a bullet hole in the roof, and some particles of brain matter. "He must have remained unconscious for some hours. Snow began to fall at 6 next morning....

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