Title: Smith, William H.

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), 411.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryremarks on the pathology and treatment of diarrhœa and dysenteryacute dysenterycomplications of dysenteryparalysis as a sequel to dysenteryparaplegiachronic diarrhœa and rheumatismlost use of lower limbs, unable to walk sincemagneto-electric machine used

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41901

TEI/XML: med.d1e41901.xml

CASE 891.—Corporal William H. Smith, company K, 77th New York volunteers, was admitted to McKim's Mansion hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, June 17, 1863, with paraplegia. He stated that about the first of February he was admitted to regimental hospital at White Oak Church, Virginia, suffering with chronic diarrhœa and rheumatism. About the last of February he lost the use of his lower limbs, and has been unable to walk ever since. He attributed this accident to having "taken cold," or to injuries received at one time to the left hip, at another to the left leg, prior to enlistment, from which he supposed he had recovered. He was subsequently transferred to the hospital atPotomac creek, and afterwards to Lincoln hospital, Washington, whence he came to McKim's Mansion. In this case the magneto-electric machine was used, but only with "slight benefit," and the patient was discharged the service on surgeon's certificate of disability, August 24th.—Acting Assistant Surgeon William G. Smull.