Title: Lester, Joseph
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1888), 749.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e10813
CASE 26.—Private Joseph Lester, Co. F, 15th Vt., was admitted May 2, 1863, with intermittent fever. On the 5th diphtheritic inflammation of the fauces was apparent, accompanied with aphonia, great depression, rapid pulse, 130 per minute, and semi-unconsciousness. Under alteratives, stimulants and beef-tea, with astringents locally, he improved until the 9th, when his pulse became weak and thready and his lungs congested. He died on the 11th. Post-mortem examination: Pleuræ healthy; right lung hepatized posteriorly; left lung diffusely congested; right side of heart flabby, empty; left side filled with blood; abdominal viscera healthy.—Second Division Hospital, Alexandria, Va.