Accession Number : ADA183285


Title :   What's Wrong with the Wound Ballistics Literature, and Why


Descriptive Note : Rept. for 1986-1987


Corporate Author : LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA


Personal Author(s) : Fackler, Martin L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a183285.pdf


Report Date : Jul 1987


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : Attempts to explain wound ballistics (the study of effects on the body produced by penetrating projectiles) have succeeded in mystifying it. Fallacious research by those with little grasp of the fundamentals has been perpetuated by editors, reviewers, and other investigators with no better grasp of the subject. This report explains the projectile-tissue interaction and presents data showing the location of tissue disrupted by various projectiles. These tissue disruption data are presented in the form of wound profiles. The major misconceptions perpetuated in the field are listed, analyzed, and their errors exposed using wound profiles and other known data. The more serious consequences of these misconceptions are discussed. Failure in adhering to the basic precepts of scientific method is the common denominator in all of the listed misconceptions. Keywords: Wound Ballistics; Gunshot Wounds; High Velocity; Kinetic Energy.


Descriptors :   *WOUND BALLISTICS , PROJECTILES , HIGH VELOCITY , PENETRATION , PROFILES , DOCUMENTS , KINETIC ENERGY , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , BULLET WOUNDS


Subject Categories : Weapons Effects(biological)


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE