Title: B——, J.

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), 563.

Keywords:removal of large fragments of infra-spinous fossa to extract impacted ballwounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestexcisionsexcisions of the scapulaexcisions of portions of the scapulageneral anesthesia, chloroformbullet entered shoulder below coracoid process, lodging in infra-spinatus muscle

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e20047

TEI/XML: med.d1e20047.xml

CASE 2.—Private J. B——, Co. H, 7th Massachusetts Volunteers, aged 34 years, having been wounded at Chancellorsville, on May 3d, was sent to Washington, and admitted to Carver Hospital on May 9th, 1863. A bullet had entered the left shoulder just below the coracoid process of the scapula, lodging near its neck in the substance of the infra-spinatus muscle. The patient's condition, upon admission to hospital, being good, he was allowed a full diet. On May 14th, intermittent fever complicated the case, for which suitable remedies were prescribed. The bullet was removed from the wound, through an incision, on May 21st, the patient being chloroformed. The scapula was much shattered, and the incision being enlarged, fragments of bone were also removed. Intermittent fever and secondary hæmorrhage ensued; the patient sank rapidly, and died on May 25th. The specimen, figured in the adjoining wood-cut (FIG. 260), was contributed to the Army Medical Museum, with a memorandum of the case, by the operator, Surgeon O. A. Judson, U. S. V.

FIG. 260.—Fractured scapula, with a split ball attached. Spec. 1211, Sect. I, A. M. M.