Title: Merrill, Eli

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), 198.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Third Division of the Alexandria Hospital, Virginiaacute diarrhœamucous membrane of stomach and whole intestinal canal inflamedmucous membrane of bladder congestedautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41619

TEI/XML: med.d1e41619.xml

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

CASE 512.—Private Eli Merrill, company E, 58th Massachusetts volunteers; admitted from the army of the Potomac June 15, 1864. Acute diarrhœa. Died, August 9th. Autopsy eighteen hours after death: Body considerably emaciated. The mucous membrane of the stomach and of the whole intestinal canal was inflamed. The heart was very small. The mucous membrane of the bladder was much congested. The other organs were healthy.

⃰ 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.