Title: Risher, William G.

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), 274.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullmissiles extracted from the craniumbone fragments extracted from the cranium

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16876

TEI/XML: med.d1e16876.xml

CASE.—Private William G. Risher, Co. E, 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 22 years, was wounded in the defences of Washington, July 12th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the frontal bone three-fourths of an inch to the right of the median line and half an inch anterior to the coronal suture, and lodged. He was admitted to Campbell Hospital on the 13th in a comatose condition, and on the same day Acting Assistant Surgeon E. A. Kemp applied the trephine, and removed the ball and fragments of bone which had been driven two inches into the brain substance. Ice was applied to the head, purgatives administered, and abstinence from food rigidly enforced. Death supervened on July 15th, 1864. The case is reported by Surgeon J. H. Baxter, U. S. V.