Title: Wood, William

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), 205.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryfatal cases of diarrhœa and dysentery, with accounts of the morbid appearances observedfrom the L'Ouverture Hospital, Alexandria, Virginiadiarrhœa and hemorrhoidspericardium contained bloody serumno ulcers discovered in intestinespneumoniaautopsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41819

TEI/XML: med.d1e41819.xml

Case from the case-book of the L'OUVERTURE HOSPITAL, Alexandria, Virginia, Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V., in charge. All the patients were colored men, most of them sent to Alexandria from the hospital for colored troops, City Point, Virginia.

CASE 558.—Private William Wood, company D, 39th United States colored troops; age 37; admitted from City Point October 31, 1864. Diarrhœa and hemorrhoids. [This man appears on the register of the hospital for colored troops, City Point, Virginia, admitted September 6th—pneumonia—sent to general hospital October 30th.] Treatment: Astringents and anodynes. In a few days he ceased to be troubled with the hemorrhoids, but the diarrhœa, though relieved from time to time, frequently recurred. The patient grew gradually weaker, and became more and more emaciated. January 9, 1865: He complained in the morning of considerable pain in the limbs, but did not appear to be in a critical condition. He died about noon the same day. Autopsy: The pericardium contained some five or six ounces of bloody serum. The heart was quite flabby. The intestines were somewhat congested, but no ulcers were discovered.—Acting Assistant Surgeon Freeman Stoddard.