About 10:30 a. m., the morning of Jan. 9, 1958, a 56-year-old white man was brought to the emergency room of the Ruston Hospital. He had been transported in the back seat of a car, sitting erect, by two of his fellow workers. The patient and his friends described that he had been injured by a falling log. The patient was a woodsman engaged in securing pine logs for pulpwood. Apparently, the log had fallen from a truck and hit him across his back. He was completely conscious and talked coherently but complained bitterly of pain in his left chest region. He was having marked respiratory difficulty. A hurried examination, together with a portable x-ray of his chest revealed a complete collapse of his left lung. Despite this, the patient assisted in the examination and cooperated to the extent of rising from the wheel chair and seating himself on the
BLEICH LC. An Amazing Accident: Traumatic Transection of Bronchus and Aorta. AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(1):68–71. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320070072012
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