Title: Heim, Adam

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), 447.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the spinegunshot wounds of the spinegunshot injuries of the lumbar vertebraegunshot fractures of the apophyses of the lumbar spinegunshot injuries of the fourth lumbar vertebrafractured body of fourth lumbar vertebramissile lodged close to spinal canalFeces and gas passed freely from wound

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18929

TEI/XML: med.d1e18929.xml

CASE.—Sergeant Adam Heim, Co. G, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers, was wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 2d, 1862, the missile entering the right lumbar region, two inches from the spinal column, fracturing the body of the fourth lumbar vertebra, and lodging close to the spinal canal. He was treated in the field until July 7th, when he was admitted to Carver Hospital, Washington. Feces and gas passed freely from the wound. Opium, quinine, and stimulants were given. He did well, the wound in the bowels closing, and his passages were natural until an officious friend gave him fruit surreptitiously, when diarrhœa supervened, and the wound reopened. He died on August 3, 1862. The pathological specimen is numbered 148, Section I, A. M. M., and was contributed by Acting Assistant Surgeon W. W. Keen, jr.