Humerus Removal. A case of recovery after the removal of the arm’s humerus bone for a gunshot injury involving the trachea, clavicle and the shoulder joint. Pvt. James P. Kegerreis, Battery B, 2nd Pennsylvania Battalion Heavy Artillery, was wounded at Petersburg, Va., on June 17, 1864, by a conoidal ball (type of soft lead bullet), which entered just below the thyroid cartilage and to the left of the trachea, passed a little downward and to the right under the jugular vein, carrying away one of the wings of the trachea and emerging about a half-inch above the clavicle, was deflected in its course by hitting the butt of the musket and again entered in front of the right clavicle.
Credit: Otis Historical Archives Nat’l Museum of Health & Medicine.