Title: Ainsworth, James

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), 197.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Third Division of the Alexandria Hospital, Virginiaacute dysenterypneumonia of asthenic typeintestines presented no evidences of serious diseaselower lobe of lung in stage of gray hepatizationautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41570

TEI/XML: med.d1e41570.xml

Case from the case-book of the THIRD DIVISION of the ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL, Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V., in charge:⃰

CASE 499.—Private James Ainsworth, company I, 5th Pennsylvania reserves; age 19; admitted from regimental hospital February 12, 1864. Acute dysentery. [This man appears on the hospital register of his regiment, sent to hospital February 12—dysentery.] Pneumonia of an asthenic type supervened almost immediately after his admission. Treatment: Dover's powder, dry cups to the chest, milk-punch. The dysenteric symptoms subsided, and there were no discharges from the bowels for several days before death. Died, February 23d. Autopsy eighteen hours after death: The lower lobe of the right lung was in the stage of gray hepatization, the other lobes in the stage of red hepatization; the left lung was congested. The intestines presented no evidences of serious disease.

⃰ It is to be regretted that, in most instances, the records of this hospital do not show by whom the autopsies were made. It is known that many of them were made by Surgeon Bentley himself, or under his immediate supervision, but it is only possible to distinguish these from the others in a few cases.