A Case of Transfusion
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
J. S., act. 30, Co. D, 12th U. S. Infantry, stationed in Pctcrsburgh, Va., had served through the war in tho Confederate Army; was by profession a circus rider. This man was remarkably athletic, and excelled his comrades in every manly exercise. November 5th, three weeks after enlistment, was engaged in turning somersaults over a bar. Shortly afterwards was attempting to hurl a heavy weight over his head backwards, when he felt " something give way," and immediately vomited a quantity of blood.
... quantity of blood. Ho was supported to tho hospital, a distance of three hundred yards, tho blood flowing from his mouth as he went. I saw him half an hour afterwards, and found him anxious and gasping for breath, making labored efforts to free his throat of tho bloody sputa which seemed to threaten asphyxia. The pulse was rapid and feeble. The ordinary styptics were administered, with stimulants. Ho seemed easier for an hour, when a violent fit of coughing ensued, followed by a copious haemorrhage from the mouth accompanied by the contents of the stomach. The patient began to grow very feeble; pulse hardly perceptible. Elixir vitriol gtt. x. in aqua? q. s., p. r. n. As stimulants seemed to increase tho difficulty, they were discontinued perorem.