Title: Seymour, Jared
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), 199.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41628
Case from the case-book of the THIRD DIVISION of the ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL, Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V., in charge:⃰
CASE 515.—Private Jared Seymour, company D, 19th New York cavalry; age 29; admitted from Prince street prison August 15, 1864. Chronic diarrhœa and insanity. [This man appears on the register of Lincoln hospital, Washington, D. C., admitted March 25, 1864—insanity—deserted April 1st.] The patient was exceedingly emaciated, passed his stools and urine involuntarily, and was much deranged in mind. It was found necessary to watch him constantly to prevent him from swallowing the medicine prescribed for others, which he would do regardless of taste or consequences. Alteratives, astringents and stimulants were tried without beneficial effect. Died, August 27th. Autopsy: Brain not examined. The lungs were healthy. No inflammation of the mucous membrane of the small or large intestine was detected. The liver and spleen were soft and dark colored, breaking down readily under pressure.
⃰ 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.