Title: McC——, H. S.

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), 273.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullfluid inside skull resembling pusball fractured frontal bone above internal canthus of eye, internal table comminuted

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16856

TEI/XML: med.d1e16856.xml

CASE.—Private H. S. McC——, Co. A, 4th Georgia Regiment, aged 27 years, was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3d, 1863, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the frontal bone two inches above the internal canthus of the right eye. The internal table was comminuted. He was admitted into Lincoln Hospital, Washington, on the 7th, being rather stupid, but not complaining of pain. These symptoms continued until the evening of the 14th, when he appeared to be in a comatose condition, and began to pass his urine involuntarily. On May 15th, at four o'clock P. M., his skull was trephined, and the depressed portions of the outer and fragments of the inner table were removed, giving exit to a quantity of fluid resembling pus in color and consistency. The comatose condition was relieved by the operation, but death supervened on May 16th. The pathological specimen is No. 1125, Sect. I, A. M. M. The vault of the cranium is trephined just internally to the right frontal eminence. The diameter of the opening is three-fourths of an inch. The specimen and history were contributed by Acting Assistant Surgeon H. M. Dean.