Title: Webber, Christian

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 3, Volume 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883), 8.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the lower extremitiesflesh wounds of the lower extremitiespunctured and incised woundsother punctured and incised woundsamputationswound from an axesevered quadriceps of thigh two inches above patellasuppuration penetrated knee jointamputation at junction of lower and middle thirds of femur

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e192

TEI/XML: med.d2e192.xml

CASE 8.—Private Christian Webber, 8th Co., New York Independent Volunteers, received, September 24, 1863, a severe wound from an axe, severing the quadriceps of the left thigh two inches above the patella. He was sent to Fairfax Seminary Hospital, September 26th, and deep-seated suppuration having appeared, burrowed, and finally penetrated the knee joint, Surgeon D. P. Smith thereupon decided to amputate the limb. The operation was practised, October 4th, at the junction of the lower and middle thirds of the femur. The patient was transferred, convalescent, to York, Pennsylvania, October 30th, and subsequently discharged. The portion of the femur amputated has been catalogued in the Army Medical Museum,¹ but exhibits nothing abnormal.

¹See No. 2004, Section I, p. 364, of Catalogue of the Surgical Section of the Army Medical Museum, Washington, 1866.