Title: Shaffer, George A.

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), 284.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullrecovery with disabilitygeneral anesthesia, ethersurgeon's certificate of disability

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16973

TEI/XML: med.d1e16973.xml

CASE.—Private George A. Shaffer, Co. D, 190th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 19 years, was wounded at Five Forks, Virginia, April 1st, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the parietal bones at the junction of the coronal and the sagittal sutures, the fracture extending back about three inches over the sagittal suture. He was on the next day admitted to the hospital of the Fifth Corps, and on April 4th sent to the Lincoln Hospital at Washington. There was but slight evidence of compression, but on April 6th, he complained of pain in the head; the pupils became dilated, and coma supervened. He was placed under the influence of ether. Surgeon J. C. McKee, U. S. A., then made a crucial incision at right angles to the parietal suture and removed the fragments, revealing the dura mater intact. The patient was kept quiet in a recumbent position, cold applications were made to the head, and low diet ordered. He recovered, and was discharged from the service on a surgeon's certificate of disability on June 24th, 1865. See Photographs of Surgical Cases, Vol. III, page 10. He is a pensioner. The case is reported by Surgeon J. C. McKee, U. S. A.