Title: Hill, Horace
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1888), 132.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e487
CASE 58.—Horace Hill, a robust muscular man, age 25 years; colored; was admitted November 7, 1865, with quotidian intermittent fever; tongue yellow-coated; appetite poor; pulse during the intervals of the paroxysm 84, full and of good strength; bowels quite regular; urine scanty and of high color; no difficulty of breathing; no œdema of the feet and legs. After treatment for two days the chills left the patient, but a febrile pulse remained; two days later sordes appeared on the teeth and lips, and the tongue became exceedingly dry; mental torpor and slight delirium were manifested. There was fulness and slight tenderness on pressure in the right hypochondrium and greater precordial dulness than natural. Moderate vomiting took place about noon of the 13th, and in a few minutes the patient suddenly and unexpectedly died. Post-mortem examination sixteen hours after death: The right ventricle of the heart much dilated; spleen greatly enlarged and softened; liver much enlarged; kidneys fatty; other organs normal.—Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. Vols., L'Ouverture Hospital, Alexandria, Va.