Title: Sheppard, Nathaniel

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), 203.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Third Division of the Alexandria Hospital, Virginiachronic diarrhœaacute diarrhœadispirited, stupid and lethargicno intestinal ulcerationautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41739

TEI/XML: med.d1e41739.xml

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

CASE 539.—Private Nathaniel Sheppard, company C, 18th Wisconsin volunteers; age 28; admitted from regimental hospital May 9, 1865. Chronic diarrhœa. [This man appears on the register of the hospital of his regiment, near Raleigh, North Carolina, admitted April 16th—acute diarrhœa—sent to general hospital April 26th.] Was very much emaciated. Treatment: Astringents, Dover's powder, stimulants and suitable diet. The patient improved at first, but had a relapse June 6th, which resisted treatment. He became dispirited, stupid and lethargic. Died, June 13th. Autopsy six hours after death: The thoracic viscera were normal. The liver was much congested, the bile of a dark-red color. No intestinal ulceration was discovered.

⃰ 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.