The Medical Case of Luman M. Millus, Co. K, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves

Private Luman M. Millius, Co. K, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves, was wounded at Antietam, September 17, 1862, by a conoidal musket-ball which entered a little below the great trochanter of the right thigh, shattered the upper third of the femur, and lodged beneath the skin on the inner part of the right thigh, whence it was extracted through an incision. The patient was treated in a field hospital until the middle of October, when he was transferred to the General Hospital, at Smoketown. a narrow chest and feeble organization, his conditional on admission was not unpromising, the suppuration was copius, and fragments of necroses bone were originally discharged. Under a nourishing diet, the patient”s strength was supported remarkably. On January 21st, 1863, the fracture was firmly consolidated. The limb was shortened four inches. The wound on the inner side of the thigh had closed. There was a slight fistula, with trifling discharge at the wound of entrance. The patient passed several hours daily in the open air, on crutches. About this time, cough and night-sweats, and other indications of tuberculosis of the lungs appeared, and confirmed phthisis was soon established. The patient died Marh 9th, 1863. (Figure 44.)1

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  1. Reports on the extent and nature of the materials available for the Preparation of a Medical and Surgical History of The Rebellion. J. B. Lippincott & Co. Philadelphia, 1866, pg. 35.