Title: Foster, John

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), 193.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Second Division of the Alexandria Hospital, Virginiachronic diarrhœaintestinal mucous membrane softened and ulcerated in colonmesentery highly congestedautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41435

TEI/XML: med.d1e41435.xml

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

CASE 464.—Corporal John Foster, company A, 49th New York volunteers; admitted September 10, 1862. Chronic diarrhœa. Died, October 25th. Autopsy: Body very much emaciated. The intestinal mucous membrane was extensively softened, particularly in the colon, where there was also some slight ulceration. The mesentery was highly congested.

⃰ 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.