A Study in Wound Ballistics
Technical rept. Jul 1971-Jan 1972
EDGEWOOD ARSENAL ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The wound ballistics problem is divided into a series of subproblems. A specific definition of each subproblem is chosen by quantification of biophysical, physiological, and pathological variables that are relevant to the problem. The choice of the quantification leads to a number of hypotheses about functional relations among statistics of quantified variables. Experimental and observational data for testing the proposed hypotheses are discussed. Two aspects of synergism of multiple wounds are discussed and an approach for estimation of their effects is proposed. The first of these two aspects concerns biomechanical interaction of physical impairments inflicted by wounds. The second aspect is the interrelation between systemic response to injury and the wounds. Serious and lethal wounds are discussed in terms of morbidity and mortality. Mathematical models for mortality and morbidity are proposed.
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