Title: Beck, Medad

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), 493.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chestcomplicated gunshot wounds of the lungfourth rib fractured anteriorlyeighth and ninth ribs fractured posteriorlyemphysema of surrounding tissuespneumo-thoraxball entered fourth rib, perforated lung, and emerged below scapula

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19443

TEI/XML: med.d1e19443.xml

CASE.—Private Medad Beck, Co. G, 11th Vermont Volunteers, aged 46 years, was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, April 2d, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which entered the left side at fourth rib, about two inches from sternum, perforated the right lung, and emerged below the inferior angle of the scapula. He was treated in the field hospital of the Sixth Corps until April 12th, when he entered Harewood Hospital, Washington. On admission, the injured parts were in tolerably good condition. The patient, however, suffered from dyspnœa, extensive emphysema of surrounding cellular tissues, anxious expression of countenance, and symptoms of pneumo-thorax. Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V., freely opened the chest by posterior incision, and removed a large amount of sanious pus. Supporting treatment. Patient died on April 17th, 1865, from exhaustion. Necropsy: Fourth rib fractured anteriorly, and eighth and ninth ribs posteriorly.