Title: Kenan, Owen

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), 144.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Harewood Hospital, Washington, D. C.chronic dysenteryintermittent feverwhole tract of colon and rectum presented innumerable ulcersspleen enlargedkidneys in state of fatty degenerationautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e40802

TEI/XML: med.d1e40802.xml

Case from the case-book and medical descriptive lists of the HAREWOOD HOSPITAL, Washington, D. C., Surgeon Thomas Antisell, U. S. V., in charge from October, 1862, to September, 1863:

CASE 272.—Private Owen Kenan, company C, 2d New York artillery; admitted October 7, 1862. Chronic dysentery. [The register of the Convalescent hospital, Fort Ellsworth, Virginia, shows that this man was admitted to that hospital August 24th—intermittent fever—transferred to Harewood hospital.] Died, November 26th. This patient was found dead in his bed about midnight by the attendant; for some days previous he had been able to sit up, and was supposed to be getting better. Autopsy: There was slight effusion beneath the arachnoid, but the brain-substance appeared healthy. The small intestine was congested in patches. The colon, which was distended with gas, contained fæcal matter of fair consistence; the whole tract of the colon and rectum presented innumerable ulcers in a state of cicatrization. The mucous membrane of the rectum was thickened. The liver was congested; the gall-bladder full of bile. The spleen was much enlarged and softened. Both kidneys were in a state of fatty degeneration, which was most marked in the right.—Assistant Surgeon Josiah F. Day, jr​, 10th Maine volunteers.