Title: Burdick, Calvin

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), 202.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the Third Division of the Alexandria Hospital, Virginiadiarrhœaabundant tubercles in both lungsmesenteric glands enlarged, contained no tubercular mattermucous membrane of intestines congestedautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41715

TEI/XML: med.d1e41715.xml

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

CASE 534.—Private Calvin Burdick, company F, 31st Illinois volunteers; age 22; admitted from regimental hospital near City Point, Virginia, May 10, 1865. Diarrhœa. Had been sick several weeks; was suffering from diarrhœa, and was somewhat emaciated and much debilitated, though he was able to sit up and walk about a little. The day after admission, while walking out of doors, he suddenly fell to the ground, was carried into the ward, and expired a few minutes after. Autopsy twenty-four hours after death: An abundant deposit of tubercles was found in both lungs; they were not softened, and were somewhat more numerous in the upper than in the lower portions of the lungs, and in the left lung than in the right. The heart was soft and small, but otherwise normal. The liver and spleen were apparently normal. The mesenteric glands were enlarged, but contained no tubercular matter. The mucous membrane of the intestines was congested. The kidneys pale, but otherwise normal.

⃰ 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.