Title: Corcoran, Michael
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1888), 828.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e25801
CASE 138.—Private Michael Corcoran (alias Coughlan), 1st Mich. Cav., was admitted June 27, 1864, immediately after having had a hemorrhage from the lungs. During the two days following admission he had several attacks of pulmonary hemorrhage, losing in all over two quarts of blood. He had no cough, and weighed about one hundred and eighty pounds; but his mother, he said, had died of consumption. Shortly after admission tubercle was recognized in the apex of the left lung. The disease ran a rapid course; both lungs became involved in front and behind. He lost fifty or sixty pounds in weight during his illness. Death occurred August 27. Post-mortem examination: Both lungs adhered firmly to the walls of the chest and were filled with crude tubercle; the left was more extensively diseased than the right and had a cavity in its apex. [A section of the lower lobe of this lung forms Specimen 404, Med. Sec., Army Medical Museum.]—Act. Ass't Surgeon David L. Haight, Douglas Hospital, Washington, D. C.