Lincoln kicked in head by horse!


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A typical chore for the youthful Abraham Lincoln was to take corn over to Gordon's gristmill
about two miles from the Lincolns' cabin near Little Pigeon Creek in southern Indiana. When he
arrived one day in 1818 there were others waiting in front of him. Watching the horses slowly
go round and round, young Lincoln commented that "his dog could eat the meal as fast as the
mill could grind it." Eventually it was Abraham's turn, and he hitched his old mare to the
gristmill's arm. To keep the horse moving, he hit it with a whiplash, clucked in the normal
manner, and shouted, "Git up, you old hussy; git up, you old hussy." Just as he yelled the
words "Git up" again, the horse kicked backwards with a hind foot hitting the boy in the head.
Lincoln was knocked down and out. Noah Gordon ran to his aid and picked up the bleeding,
unconscious lad. Dave Turnham, who had come to the mill with Abraham, ran to get Abraham's
father. Thomas Lincoln hauled his injured son home in a wagon and put him to bed. He lay
unconscious all night.

Apparently some (including Noah Gordon) thought he was dead or near death. Neighbors flocked
to the Lincolns' cabin. The next morning one onlooker cried, "He's coming straight back from
the dead!" Abraham jerked all over. Suddenly he blurted out the words "You old hussy," thus
finishing what he was about to say before the horse knocked him out. In discussing the affair,
Lincoln himself used the words "apparantly (sic) killed for a time."
As a result, Lincoln suffered from diplopia (double vision) and (outward deviation) of the left
eye, both due to partial paralysis of the small eye muscles.

"Lincoln noticed double vision only occasionally and it did not bother him a great deal. Most
people's faces are asymmetrical, but Lincoln's case was extreme, with the bony ridge over his
left eye rounder and thinner than the right side, and set backward." said Fishman.
"Lincoln's contemporaries noted his left eye at times drifted upward independently of his
right eye, a condition now termed strabismus. Lincoln's smaller left eye socket may have
displaced a muscle controlling vertical movement," said lead author Dr. Ronald Fishman, a
retired ophthalmologist and history buff.

"Life masks were in vogue in the 1860s. Lincoln cooperated with sculptors to make them twice,
in 1860 before his first presidential nomination, and in 1865, two months before his
assassination. Lincoln probably did it for political purposes more than posterity. It's the
equivalent of TV face time now," said James Cornelius, curator at the Lincoln Presidential
Library in Springfield, Illinois.

The left part of Lincoln's face was much smaller than the right one, a developmental defect
called hemifacial microsomia. This can be the effect of many conditions, from smallpox and
heart illness to trauma or heredity.

After examining the important life mask of Lincoln made in Chicago in 1860 by Leonard L. Volk,
Dr. Edward J. Kempf reported in an April 1952 article "Abraham Lincoln's Organic and Emotional
Neurosis" in the American Medical Association Journal-Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry,
that he was able to identify a depressed skull fracture of the left frontal bone. This serious
injury, along with the aging process, with its inevitable sagging and loss of skin tone,
aggravated the effects of the ptosis, especially in the injured left eye. This forced Lincoln
to raise his left brow more and more as time went by.

Laser scans of a bronze and a plaster copy of two life masks of Lincoln's face, belonging to
the Chicago History Museum, show the 16th president's degree of facial asymmetry.

The findings provide evidence for why Lincoln’s photographs and portraits mainly show his
right profile — as is the case with the penny. Lincoln was kicked in the head by a horse as a
young child, though it is unclear from the laser scans whether this, or an inherent
developmental defect, contributed to his condition.

Gutzon Borglum, who carved on the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) the monument representing the
faces of several U.S. Presidents, referred to the left side of Lincoln's face as being
primitive, immature and unfinished. He described Lincoln's left as "wide open" and out of focus,
"indecisive", noncommittal and dreamy".

Although the extent of his boyhood head injury may only be speculated on, it is probable that,
in addition to the depressed skull fracture resulting from the fronto-temporal (forehead,
close to the temple) trauma, he may have sustained a left orbital blow-out fracture (a fracture
to the floor of the eye socket) and perhaps a superior orbital fissure syndrome (paralysis of
several voluntary and involuntary nerves to the eye), altering the position of the eye in its
socket, and causing damage to the motor nerves in that region. These injuries would identify
the source of all of Lincoln's post-natal eye problems.

Expired Image Removed

Sources:
-Ability Magazine / Abraham Lincoln's Depression
www.abilitymagazine.com

-The Kaplan Daguerrotype of Abraham Lincoln - The Forensic...
www.lincolnportrait.com

-Seven score and two years later, Lincoln's facial defects...
www.columbiamissourian.com

-Abraham Lincoln had a lopsided face and stabismus - softpedia
www.softpedia.com

-Lincoln's brush with death - information, photographs, etc...
www.rogerjnorton.com

--BBF
 
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You can then sympathize with the folks who have had no treatment ever and the people we are discussing on this forum when ABI, BiP where unknown.[/B]..they and the people who cared about them had to just cope and make do with the often archaic and rudimentary knowledge they had. I'm sure glad we live now now in 2012 and only just discuss the 1860's.:wink:
Yes I can. I do understand.:wink:
 
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Great post Dugger, very interesting read.

Hah! Well semi great maybe.:bye: Just read ALL the post/article put up by Linda Duff......bunch of medical terminology in there but it is very good. I read it all. Very good. Kinda scared me cause so much of it hit home. I tell ya WHAT.....a lot depends on where yer head is HIT. The brain has mutiple facets and ya never know what the heck might happen. Some are for emotion, some intellect, some motor acuity....on and on. I am NOT a doc. I defer to Linda on serious info on this. It is a HELL of a cool thread however. I agree cause I started it...heh. Lincoln did have some issues but we do not have him for modern docs to check out. I have NO doubt his kick in the head did have consequences.....that just from experience.

Vets are also hip to the fact that just shell concussion can render a man impaired. I knew some of these Vets in my youth in the fifties. Ok....I gotta move on here. Tks.
 
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A typical chore for the youthful Abraham Lincoln was to take corn over to Gordon's gristmill
about two miles from the Lincolns' cabin near Little Pigeon Creek in southern Indiana. When he
arrived one day in 1818 there were others waiting in front of him. Watching the horses slowly
go round and round, young Lincoln commented that "his dog could eat the meal as fast as the
mill could grind it." Eventually it was Abraham's turn, and he hitched his old mare to the
gristmill's arm. To keep the horse moving, he hit it with a whiplash, clucked in the normal
manner, and shouted, "Git up, you old hussy; git up, you old hussy." Just as he yelled the
words "Git up" again, the horse kicked backwards with a hind foot hitting the boy in the head.
Lincoln was knocked down and out. Noah Gordon ran to his aid and picked up the bleeding,
unconscious lad. Dave Turnham, who had come to the mill with Abraham, ran to get Abraham's
father. Thomas Lincoln hauled his injured son home in a wagon and put him to bed. He lay
unconscious all night.

Apparently some (including Noah Gordon) thought he was dead or near death. Neighbors flocked
to the Lincolns' cabin. The next morning one onlooker cried, "He's coming straight back from
the dead!" Abraham jerked all over. Suddenly he blurted out the words "You old hussy," thus
finishing what he was about to say before the horse knocked him out. In discussing the affair,
Lincoln himself used the words "apparantly (sic) killed for a time."
As a result, Lincoln suffered from diplopia (double vision) and (outward deviation) of the left
eye, both due to partial paralysis of the small eye muscles.

"Lincoln noticed double vision only occasionally and it did not bother him a great deal. Most
people's faces are asymmetrical, but Lincoln's case was extreme, with the bony ridge over his
left eye rounder and thinner than the right side, and set backward." said Fishman.
"Lincoln's contemporaries noted his left eye at times drifted upward independently of his
right eye, a condition now termed strabismus. Lincoln's smaller left eye socket may have
displaced a muscle controlling vertical movement," said lead author Dr. Ronald Fishman, a
retired ophthalmologist and history buff.

"Life masks were in vogue in the 1860s. Lincoln cooperated with sculptors to make them twice,
in 1860 before his first presidential nomination, and in 1865, two months before his
assassination. Lincoln probably did it for political purposes more than posterity. It's the
equivalent of TV face time now," said James Cornelius, curator at the Lincoln Presidential
Library in Springfield, Illinois.

The left part of Lincoln's face was much smaller than the right one, a developmental defect
called hemifacial microsomia. This can be the effect of many conditions, from smallpox and
heart illness to trauma or heredity.

After examining the important life mask of Lincoln made in Chicago in 1860 by Leonard L. Volk,
Dr. Edward J. Kempf reported in an April 1952 article "Abraham Lincoln's Organic and Emotional
Neurosis" in the American Medical Association Journal-Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry,
that he was able to identify a depressed skull fracture of the left frontal bone. This serious
injury, along with the aging process, with its inevitable sagging and loss of skin tone,
aggravated the effects of the ptosis, especially in the injured left eye. This forced Lincoln
to raise his left brow more and more as time went by.

Laser scans of a bronze and a plaster copy of two life masks of Lincoln's face, belonging to
the Chicago History Museum, show the 16th president's degree of facial asymmetry.

The findings provide evidence for why Lincoln’s photographs and portraits mainly show his
right profile — as is the case with the penny. Lincoln was kicked in the head by a horse as a
young child, though it is unclear from the laser scans whether this, or an inherent
developmental defect, contributed to his condition.

Gutzon Borglum, who carved on the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) the monument representing the
faces of several U.S. Presidents, referred to the left side of Lincoln's face as being
primitive, immature and unfinished. He described Lincoln's left as "wide open" and out of focus,
"indecisive", noncommittal and dreamy".

Although the extent of his boyhood head injury may only be speculated on, it is probable that,
in addition to the depressed skull fracture resulting from the fronto-temporal (forehead,
close to the temple) trauma, he may have sustained a left orbital blow-out fracture (a fracture
to the floor of the eye socket) and perhaps a superior orbital fissure syndrome (paralysis of
several voluntary and involuntary nerves to the eye), altering the position of the eye in its
socket, and causing damage to the motor nerves in that region. These injuries would identify
the source of all of Lincoln's post-natal eye problems.

Expired Image Removed

Sources:
-Ability Magazine / Abraham Lincoln's Depression
www.abilitymagazine.com

-The Kaplan Daguerrotype of Abraham Lincoln - The Forensic...
www.lincolnportrait.com

-Seven score and two years later, Lincoln's facial defects...
www.columbiamissourian.com

-Abraham Lincoln had a lopsided face and stabismus - softpedia
www.softpedia.com

-Lincoln's brush with death - information, photographs, etc...
www.rogerjnorton.com

--BBF
Absolutely wonderful big picture...Thanks for posting it. Such a great face... full of character.
 
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Just had a thought, the Bolsheviks were keen on preserving Lenin's brain. Why didn't we preserve Lincoln's? Just a thought.
It was too messed up maybe? Americans tend to let the body go. Also, totalitarians need secular icons to revere, preserve, and use to hold sway over people who are easily impressed and manipulated. Totems. That's all. THERE is no human GOD insofar as I know. You only see this kinda ****/idiocy in control freak ideologies. Usually. But, oddly the people really know it is all BS....the military in the control of the utopians makes sure this looks cool. They make sure people seem to revere secular GOD figures. All phoney. (Hitler?) Been watching this **** since the early fifties. See today....N Korea. I will go no futher with this one.

There is no utopia. When gov says they will lead you there....run like hell. They historically tend to kill those who have issues with same-think. "What is truth?"
 

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Well said 'Dugger', & spot on......The "church", or, religion if you will....is the enemy of the state....at least that is what the Bolsheviks and Lenin pontificated. Remember the tired old Marx quote? "Religion is the opiate of the masses".....

So what did that mean in the case of, to preserve or not to preserve, the corpse (let alone the brain)? It meant that the body was now state property....so, Lenin is now a mummy.....

Now, think of 19th century American society....a majority Christian society, and fairly devout, too......Do you think that they could have preserved Lincoln's brain, without some protest from some section of society? SOMEBODY would have protested vehemently on the grounds of moral and religious objections.

The thinking is 180 degrees opposite of the totalitarian regimes.....God, before the state (God, family, country....sound familiar?)

It's even spelled out in our own founding documents: ...One nation under God.
 

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yeah....Dugger mentioned it earlier, it was probably too torn up to be of any real studious use...
 


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