The Medical Case of Theron Hayward, Co. F, 5th PA Reserves

Case 263.

Fig. 64. - Partial excision is a gunshot fracture of the back of the right femur. - Spec. 502, Sect. 1, A. M. M.
Fig. 64. – Partial excision is a gunshot fracture of the back of the right femur. – Spec. 502, Sect. 1, A. M. M.

“Private Theron Hayward, Co. F, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves, aged 28 years, was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13th, 1862, by a conoidal musket ball, which entered in front of and a little below the right hip-joint, and shattered the trochanters, besides producing a complete fracture through the neck, and an oblique one down the shaft.He also received a gunshot wound of the right arm. He was conveyed to the field hospital of the 1st Corps. The ball was extracted, and the wounds were treated on the expectant plan. On December 23rd, the patient was conveyed, by steamer, to Washington, and received into Lincoln Hospital. An excision was attempted by Surgeon H. Bryant, U.S.V., the sharp end of the inner portion of the femur being sawn off one-fourth of an inch below the trochanter minor. Owing to the extent of the injury, the operation was abandoned. The patient died January 2nd, 1863. The specimen is represented in the adjoining wood-cut.(fig. 64.)”1

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  1. A Report on Excisions of the head of the femur for Gunshot Injury. War Department Surgeon General’s Office, Washington, January 2, 1869, pg. 103.