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Israel Spotts, Hospital Number 20, 606

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Institution:
Harewood U.S.A. General Hospital, R.B. Bontecou, Surgeon U.S. Vols., In charge

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Original format:
image/jpeg

Language:
en

Collection:
Historical Medical Photography Collection

Rights:
Public Domain

Repository:
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library

Local Title:
Reed B. Bontecou, Gunshot Wounds Illustrated (Binder's Title)

Identifier:
Bontecou_1_041.dc

Israel Spotts. Hospital Number 20,606 Israel Spotts, Corp'l, Co. G, 200th Pa. Vols., aged 24, was admitted to Harewood U.S.A. Gen'l Hospital, April 5th, 1865, suffering from gunshot wound of back, dorsal region, ball entered the chest opposite the fourth dorsal vertebrae, between the spine and scapula. Wounded, March 25th, 1865, at the battle of Petersburgh, Va. On admission, the condition of injured parts and constitutional state of patient were good: did very well for a while, wound healing kindly, but towards the early part of the month of May the chest became enormously distended with effusion, harassing cough, anxiety of countenance, oppressed breathing and symptoms of empyema. An operation being necessary to relieve the patient paracentesis thoracis was performed by Surg. R. B. Bontecou, U.S. Vols., May 9th, 1865, by freely opening the chest at right posterior and lateral aspect, between eighth and ninth ribs, and about six pints of sanious pus removed, no anaesthetic used; the patient felt at once relieved, did remarkably well after the operation; was doing well and in tolerably good condition when he deserted from this hospital, May 28th, 1865. Treatment in this case was simple dressings, anodynes and supporting throughout. Harewood U.S.A. General Hospital, R. B. BONTECOU, Surgeon U.S. Vols., In Charge.