Title: Larkin, Thomas

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), 499.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chesttreatment by hermetically sealingball entered between fourth and fifth ribsball passed upward and obliquely backward through lung

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19493

TEI/XML: med.d1e19493.xml

CASE.—Private Thomas Larkin, Co. F, 70th New York Volunteers, was wounded at Manassas Gap, July 23d, 1863, by a musket ball, which entered between the fourth and fifth ribs of the right side, passed upward and obliquely backward through the left lung, and emerged near the left shoulder. The wounds were closed by silver sutures, and hermetically sealed on the field by Assistant Surgeon B. Howard, U. S. A. The anterior wound, however, opened during the patient's conveyance to Washington. He was admitted into Mount Pleasant Hospital on July 30th, 1863, at which time there was pain in the left side; some cough, with expectoration of bloody sputa; a tolerably full pulse at 90 per minute; and a free and healthy discharge from the wound. The pain and cough yielded readily to the treatment adopted; the wound healed rapidly, and, at the end of three weeks, the patient was dismissed from further medical attention, and returned to duty on August 21st, 1863. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon C. A. McCall, U. S. A. This soldier has not applied for a pension.