Title: Jenkins, J. W.

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), 291.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullphysical disability, discharged from servicepartial disability one-thirdvertigo

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17081

TEI/XML: med.d1e17081.xml

CASE.—Private J. W. Jenkins, Co. F, 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers, was wounded at the battle of Antietam, Maryland, September 17th, 1862, by a piece of shell, which caused a punctured fracture of the anterior superior portion of the left parietal bone, and depressed the inner table. He was admitted into Capitol Hospital, Washington, on the 23d, and thence transferred to the De Camp Hospital, David's Island, New York Harbor, on the 28th. On October 3d, Acting Assistant Surgeon William K. Cleveland applied the trephine to the point of fracture, and removed two pieces of the depressed internal table an inch and a quarter in diameter. A few drops of pus escaped. With the exception of a slight headache, there had been no symptoms to denote the presence of pus. Patient made an excellent recovery, and was discharged from the service on December 4th, 1862. The case is reported by Surgeon S. W. Gross, U. S. V. On December 23d, 1869, Pension Examiner D. L. Beeser, reports that the parts are well closed by a firm tissue, and that the patient alleges to suffer neuralgic pains and vertigo at times. His general appearance was good, and he seemed robust and healthy. He rates his disability at one-third. His claim for a pension was pending at the above date.