Title: Irish, Charles

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), 410.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryremarks on the pathology and treatment of diarrhœa and dysenteryacute dysenterycomplications of dysenteryparalysis as a sequel to dysenterychronic rheumatismpartial paralysis of lower extremitiestyphoid fever years agounable to walksensation less impaired than motion

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41894

TEI/XML: med.d1e41894.xml

CASE 885.—Private Charles Irish, company K, 6th Ohio cavalry; age 40; was admitted to 2d Division general hospital, Alexandria, Virginia, June 15,1864. Diagnosis, chronic rheumatism. Transferred to Philadelphia, June 20th. Admitted to Summit House hospital, Philadelphia, June 21st; same diagnosis. Transferred to Satterlee hospital August 24th; same diagnosis. Transferred to Turner's Lane hospital. Admitted to Turner's Lane hospital, Surgeon R. A. Christian, U. S. V., in charge, October 20th. Diagnosis, partial paralysis of the lower extremities. The case-book of the hospital gives the following particulars: This man had typhoid fever eight or nine years ago, followed by enfeeblement of the limbs, in consequence of which he was unable to walk for months. He says his limbs were never so strong again; nevertheless, he was well enough to enlist April 4, 1864, and was sent at once to the field. Six weeks after enlistment he was attacked by dysentery, which was followed by his present trouble. He is now unable to walk, and complains of a feeling as if a rope were tied tightly around his hips; sensation is less impaired than motion; he feels a touch on the legs, but does not perceive painful impressions as distinctly on the lower as on the upper extremities. The record shows that this man was discharged the service December 21st, because of "partial paralysis of the lower extremities."