Source: Philadelphia Medical Journal
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Mortality from Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen”
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 8
Issue number: 11
|“Mortality from Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen.” Philadelphia Medical Journal 14 Sept. 1901 v8n11: pp. 417.|
|Rutherford Alcock; H. Horace Grant; Henry Morris; Thomas S. K. Morton.|
Mortality from Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen
Apropos of the President’s case we submit the
Gunshot wounds of the stomach are usually classed with intestinal bullet wounds.
Alcock (quoted by Henry Morris in the Internat. Ency. Surgery, Vol. V, p. 512) gives one case of recovery out of 3,000 gunshot wounds of the stomach. This was before the days of modern surgery.
Of 110 sections for gunshot wounds of the abdomen, 62 per cent. died.—T. S. Morton (Jour. Am. Med. Ast’n, Jan. 4, 1900).
Of 253 cases of gunshot wounds of the abdomen operated upon, 52 per cent. died.—H. H. Grant, Philadelphia Medical Journal, July 22, 1899.
Of 3,475 penetrating abdominal wounds during the Civil War, 3,031, or 87.2 per cent., died. During 1898 and 1899, 81, or 70 per cent., of 116 cases died. Of 10 operated upon 9 were fatal.
Report of Surgeon General, June 30, 1900.