Title: M——, Thomas

Source text: Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes, United States Army, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861–65.), Part 1, Volume 2 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870), 165.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headgunshot fractures of both tables of the skullsplitting of bullets upon the cranial bonesball lodged in diploë or sinusesphlegmonous erysipelasfractured mastoid portion of temporal bone

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e11467

TEI/XML: med.d1e11467.xml

CASE.—Private Thomas M——, Co. C, 4th New York Volunteers, was wounded near Antietam, Maryland, September 16th, 1862, by a conoidal ball which fractured the mastoid portion of the left temporal bone. He remained in the field hospital until the 26th, when he was admitted into the Mount Pleasant Hospital, Washington, D. C. Phlegmonous erysipelas attacked the scalp, and the inflammation extended to the membrane of the brain and death supervened on the 5th of October. The pathological specimen is represented in the adjacent wood-cut, (FIG. 76.) The injury of the outer table involves a little over one square inch of surface; that of the inner table measures one by one and a fourth inches, and includes the groove for the lateral sinus. Two fragments are attached, the free edge of one being depressed two lines. The fractured surfaces are necrosed. The specimen and history were contributed by Assistant Surgeon C. A. McCall, U. S. A.

FIG. 76.—Section of a cranium showing a gunshot fracture of the mastoid process. Spec. 161, Sect. I, A. M. M.