Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 4 13:36:26 UTC 2013

It's hard for me to believe that it *didn't* happen somewhere, some time.


On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 7:04 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:

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> There's a tale of this happening going back to at least WWII, except that
> it
> was a friend of the wounded man who had the gun and insisted the doctor
> treat the man. It's told in Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far." IIRC (it's
> been a long time since I read the book), Ryan could not verify that it
> actually happened, but he said it was too good a story not to tell. James
> Caan plays the sergeant with the gun in the movie version.
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> Actually, I reference a claim by a friend, an Army physician's assistant,
> that he had directed, at gunpoint, that he be moved from the "expectant" to
> the "immediate" group.
> Dave
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> From: "W Brewer" <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
> DH: <<<No, the first order of urgency is to disarm the casualties to they
> don't dispute your decisions.>>>
> WB:  Touche', Dr Hause. Loose cannons in the wards would not be very
> hospitable. ... Or by disarming did you mean ... AMPUTATION?
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