Early Onset Pneumonia Following Pulmonary Contusion: The Case of Stonewall Jackson
Author: Lively, Mathew W.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 177, Number 3, March 2012 , pp. 315-317(3)
Abstract:ABSTRACTConfederate Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall Jackson was wounded by his own men at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. While being removed from the field, Jackson fell from the litter and struck the right side of his chest on a large stone or stump. Four days following the amputation of his left arm, Jackson developed pneumonia in his right lung. His treating physicians believed the infection developed secondary to a pulmonary contusion that occurred when he fell from the litter. Pulmonary contusions are an independent risk factor in the development of post-traumatic pneumonia and an infection that occurs within 72 to 96 hours of injury is termed an early onset pneumonia. The nature and timing of Stonewall Jackson's illness following his wounding is consistent with the modern diagnosis of early onset pneumonia following chest trauma.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-03-01
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