Title: Shaffer, Mahlon

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion., Part 2, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1879), 49.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryreports and extracts from reports relating to diarrhœa and dysenterytreatment with nitrate of silverdiarrhœa treated with injections of nitrate of silver at the Judiciary Square hospital, Washington, D. C., during the, summer of 1863diarrhœa of three months standing

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e525

TEI/XML: med.d1e525.xml

Case entered in the book is signed by Assistant Surgeon A. Hartsuff, U. S. A., temporarily acting as surgeon in charge,⃰ by whom it is understood the majority if not all the cases were treated. To the account of each case as recorded in the case-book the subsequent history of the patient, whenever it has been possible to obtain it, is appended. ⃰In the absence of Assistant Surgeon E. J. Marsh, U. S. A.

CASE 13.—Private Mahlon Shaffer, company C, 167th Pennsylvania volunteers; admitted July 12, 1863. Diarrhœa of three months standing. The discharges numbered from five to ten per day; they were thin and colorless. Astringents were employed without benefit for several days, when an enema of fifteen grains of nitrate of silver, dissolved in an ounce of water, was administered, with the effect of promptly checking the diarrhœa. The patient was returned to duty August 7th.