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Hospitalizations from gunshot wounds cost $700 million a year, study says

(CNN) -- Dr. Thomas Weiser will never forget the look in the eyes of the first gunshot victim he ever treated. The patient was a teenage boy with a wound to the chest.

"He was a gang member, and there were social circumstances that certainly played a role in his ending up in the emergency room," said Weiser, who at the time was a medical student at the University of New Mexico. He now is a trauma surgeon at Stanford University Medical Center.

"It was, as a medical student, incredib

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