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Experimental Arrow Wounds: Ballistics and Traumatology

TitleExperimental Arrow Wounds: Ballistics and Traumatology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKARGER, B., H. SUDHUES, B. P. KNEWUBUEHL, and BRINKMANN. B.
JournalJournal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care
Volume45
Issue3
Pages495-501
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0022-5282
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Medical experiments, longbow, compound bow, crossbow. Pig carcasses, soap, gelatin targets at 8 m. Velocity 45 m/s longbow to 67 m/s compound bow. Penetration in non-bone tissue 17-60 cm, depending on velocity and type of arrowhead. Ribs always perforated, thick bone not, extraction from bone difficult. Although arrows are light and low velocity, much less kinetic energy than bullet, but they penetrate by cutting and stabbing, and have high sectional density, i.e. they are long so have lots of mass per cross-section area. Less tissue damage and bleeding than gunshot wounds.

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