Title: Brennan, John

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 3, Volume 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883), 894.

Keywords:anæstheticsdeaths from ethershot wound of thigh, lower thirdhæmorrhage from popliteal arteryartery ligated in popliteal spacedied on operating table, shock and effects of ethergeneral anesthesia, ether

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e29506

TEI/XML: med.d2e29506.xml

CASE 1272.—Captain John Brennan, Co. A, 16th Virginia, shot wound, right thigh, lower third, Weldon Railroad, October 27, 1864. Admitted into Harewood Hospital October 31st. The condition of the wound was good, but hæmorrhage occurred November 10th, from the popliteal artery, by which ten ounces of blood were lost. The artery was ligated in popliteal space, and the patient did well until November 21st, when the limb became œdematous. November 25th, hæmorrhage recurred to the amount of twelve ounces; it could not be controlled, and the limb was amputated; the patient died on the operating table from the shock and effects of ether. At the post-mortem no abnormities could be discovered, with the exception of slight venous conjestion​ of the right lung and old adhesions of the left. The case is reported by Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V.