Title: McGowan, Anthony

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1888), 853.

Keywords:diseases attributed to non-miasmatic exposuresother diseases attributed to exposureophthalmiaconjunctivitischronic conjunctivitis, more than year durationcorneas opaque and thickened, vision nearly destroyed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e11578

TEI/XML: med.d1e11578.xml

CASE 10.—Chronic conjunctivitis.—Private Anthony McGowan, Co. F, 12th V. R. Corps; admitted Aug. 23, 1864, with conjunctivitis of more than a year's duration. The conjunctival vessels were greatly enlarged, the left cornea opaque and much thickened and vision nearly destroyed; the right eye similarly though not so badly affected; both very sensitive to light and constantly filled with tears and mucus. Applied weak solutions of nitrate of silver, cold water, morphine, belladonna. The last allayed the pain somewhat, but only for a time. Cupping and blistering produced temporary benefit. Constipation required the frequent use of cathartics. Discharged from service September 27.—Third Division Hospital, Alexandria, Va.