Martin Missmann MD a, Thomas Tauscher MD b, Siegfried Jank MD a, Frank Kloss MD a, Prof Robert Gassner MD a The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9711, Page 317, 23 January 2010
Although case reports of trauma describe single events only, they can contain very useful scientific information for applied surgery. The portrait of Gregor Baci from the collection of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria (figure A) provokes the question: is the legend that Baci survived a piercing injury with a lance only a myth, or does medical fact indicate that such severe impalement of the head and neck can be survived?

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