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Hydrostatic shock


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Hydrostatic shock is the controversial concept that a penetrating projectile can produce a pressure wave that causes "remote neural damage", "subtle damage in neural tissues" and/or "rapid incapacitating effects" in living targets. It has also been suggested that pressure wave effects can cause indirect bone fractures at a distance from the projectile path, although it was later demonstrated that indirect bone fractures are caused by temporary cavity effects.
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    • Origin of the hypothesis 

    • Arguments against 

    • Distant injuries in the WDMET data 

    • Inferences from blast pressure wave observations 

    • Physics of ballistic pressure waves 

    • Energy transfer required for remote neural effects 

    • Hydrostatic shock as a factor in selection of ammunition