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The baseball bat: a modern day cudgel
  1. C J Lightbody,
  2. C MacIver
  1. Crosshose Hospital, Kilmarnock, Glasglow, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C J Lightbody
 Crosshose Hospital, 32 Overlee Road, Clarkston, Kilmarnock, Glasglow G76 8BU, UK;cjlightbody{at}

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Baseball bats, although meant for recreational use, are commonly used as assault weapons. Here in the UK, assault is more likely to occur with body parts only: however, a trend for using baseball bats has been observed both by emergency departments and the police. The bat is an easily acquired weapon, a simple wooden one being available for £15 at a sports store. At present there are no restrictions on the purchase of these bats that represent a major cause of morbidity and occasionally mortality when used …

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