Title: Chessman, Edward B.
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 2, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1879), 188-189.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41362
Case from the medical descriptive lists of the SECOND DIVISION of the ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL, Virginia, Surgeon T. Rush Spencer, U. S. V., in charge:
CASE 444.—Private Edward B. Chessman, company H, 32d Massachusetts volunteers; age 34; admitted December 5, 1863. Chronic diarrhœa. The patient had been sick nine weeks, having on an average eight passages per day; his appetite was poor; he was very weak and greatly emaciated. Treatment: Tannic acid and opium, tincture of the chloride of iron, whiskey. December 9th: The diarrhœa is decreasing; he has now about four passages per day. Treatment continued. December 11th: Diarrhœa nearly controlled. December 15th: Diarrhœa has again returned; passages eight per day and painful. Complains of constant abdominal pain. Apply a mustard poultice; acetate of lead and opium. December 19th : The diarrhœa continues unchecked. The patient is losing strength. Died, December 27th. Autopsy: The lungs were congested, but contained no tubercles. The mucous membrane of both small and large intestine was inflamed and thickened.—Acting Assistant Surgeon Thomas H. Stillwell.