Title: Norton, Edward

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), 266.

Keywords:on special wounds and injuries of the headwounds and injuries of the headgunshot woundsgunshot fractures of the cranial bonestrephining after gunshot fractures of the skulltrephining practiced, fatal terminationshell fractured right parietal bonesymptoms of effusionhernia cerebri, protruding hernia removed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16705

TEI/XML: med.d1e16705.xml

CASE.—Private Edward Norton, Co. I, 39th New Jersey Volunteers, aged 21 years, was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, April 2d, 1865, by a shell which fractured the right parietal bone. He was conveyed to the field hospital of the 2d division, Ninth Corps, thence sent to City Point, Virginia, where he remained until the 6th, when he was conveyed to the Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Virginia. No symptoms of compression existed. The external wound was one and a half inches in length and had a bad appearance. Water dressings were applied and beef tea ordered. On the 8th, the patient's appetite tailed, deglutition became difficult, and symptoms of effusion appeared on the following day. Surgeon D. P. Smith, U. S. V., applied the trephine and removed a portion of the cranium and several fragments, greatly relieving the symptoms. The patient talked better and answered questions correctly. Hernia cerebri was first noticed on the morning of the 11th, and on the 12th, a slight hæmorrhage occurred. Coma followed; the protruding hernia was removed, but death ensued on April 14th, 1865. The case is reported by Surgeon David P. Smith, U. S. V.