Title: Boyle, R.

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), 649.

Keywords:miscellaneous injuriessimple and compound fracturesfracture of the sternum; railroad accidenttransverse fracture of sternum between articulations of third and fourth ribs, displacementcrushing of first and second dorsal vertebræ, no paralysisevidently recovering, with considerable deformitycrippled in appearance

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e24856

TEI/XML: med.d2e24856.xml

CASE 963.—Fracture of the sternum; railroad accident.—Private R. Boyle, Co. A, 3d New Jersey, met with a railroad accident on April 3, 1862, and was admitted to hospital at Alexandria several days afterwards. Surgeon J. E. Summers, U. S. A., described the injury as a "transverse fracture of the sternum between the articulations of the third and fourth ribs, with displacement, the fractured ends sliding upon each other and shortening the bone one and a half inches. From the posteriorly curved condition of the spinal column there is reason to think that there was crushing of the first and second dorsal vertebræ, although there was no paralysis of any of the limbs or organs. The patient is much crippled in appearance, but is evidently recovering, although slowly, with considerable deformity." The patient was discharged for disability resulting from his injury June 16, 1862. He is not a pensioner.