Title: Lahey, John

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), 232.

Keywords:on special wounds and injuries of the headwounds and injuries of the headgunshot woundsgunshot fractures of the cranial bonesremoval of fragments after gunshot fractures of the skullrecovered after gunshot fractures of the skulldefective visionpartial or complete loss of visionconoidal ball fractured right temporal bone above zygomatic arch, lodged in diploë, inner table fissuredincipient amaurosismental powers obtuse

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e15979

TEI/XML: med.d1e15979.xml

CASE.—Private John Lahey, Co. E, 38th New York Volunteers, was wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13th, 1862, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the right temporal bone above the zygomatic arch, and lodged in the diploë. He was sent to Harewood Hospital, Washington, where the ball was removed at the first dressing. On December 25th, a triangular piece of the external table was removed through incision, and the inner table was found to be fissured. The wound healed rapidly by granulation, and on April 20th, 1863, the man was discharged the service. In June, 1864, Pension Examiner James Neil reports that there is incipient amaurosis, and that the mental powers seem to be somewhat obtuse.