Title: Gallin, John

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), 548.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestligationsligations of the internal mammary arteryligature ineffectualgeneral anesthesia, etherrecurring hæmorrhagepneumonia

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19906

TEI/XML: med.d1e19906.xml

CASE.—Private John Gallin, Co. F, 65th New York Volunteers, aged 30 years, was wounded at Spottsylvania​, Virginia, May 8th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which entered the chest on the left side between the sixth and seventh ribs, five inches below the nipple, and emerged between the fifth and sixth ribs on the right side, four inches below the nipple, passing under the ensiform cartilage, wounding the internal mammary artery, and opening the right chest cavity and lower lobe of the lung on that side. He was conveyed to the hospital of the 1st division, Sixth Corps, and on the 14th was transferred to Harewood Hospital, Washington. On admission, the parts were in a very bad condition. The patient was anæmic and feeble from hæmorrhage. On the 19th, Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V., administered sulphuric ether, enlarged the wound of entrance, and passed a piece of bandage through and tied it over the ensiform cartilage, ligating the internal mammary artery. Simple dressings and cold applications were applied, and supporting treatment administered. The patient gradually sank, and died May 24th, 1864, from recurring hæmorrhage and pneumonia of the right lung. The case is reported by the operator.