Title: C——, Abraham

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), 296.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headhernia cerebri after gunshot fractures of the skullfungus cerebriball penetrated parietal bone near posterior inferior angle

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17157

TEI/XML: med.d1e17157.xml

CASE.—Corporal Abraham C——, Co. D, 93d Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 24 years, was wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania​ Court-house, Virginia, May 12th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which penetrated the right parietal bone near its posterior inferior angle. He was admitted to the 2d division, Sixth Corps, field hospital, and thence was conveyed to Washington, and admitted to Carver Hospital, May 19th. He was very emaciated; the wound sloughed and discharged fœtid pus, and hernia cerebri had appeared. His pulse was 50 and full, the pupils dilated, the tongue coated, and his bowels constipated. On the same day spiculæ were removed from the brain, giving exit to several ounces of pus. Delirium followed and continued until the 27th, when death supervened. The pathological specimen is No. 2900, Sect. I, A. M. M. From the vault of the cranium fragments have been removed for a space of three inches upward and forward, and from one to one-half inch in width, at the upper extremity of which four fragments of the inner table remain attached, depressed two lines at the free edge. One fissure passes downward into the mastoid portion of the temporal, and a second passes upward and backward to the posterior fourth of the sagittal suture. The specimen and history were contributed by Acting Assistant Surgeon R. E. Price.