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The tragedy at St Peter's Field, Manchester, 16 August 1819.
  1. J Marrow
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside, UK.

    Abstract

    In 1819, in Manchester in the north of England, 12 people died and approximately 630 were injured when cavalry were used to disperse an orderly political demonstration. Injuries sustained in the crush exceeded wounds directly from the soldiers' swords. The pattern of injuries is described and some aspects of official, medical and popular reaction to the incident are discussed.

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