Title: Webster, John

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion., Part 2, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1879), 49-50.

Keywords:diarrhœa and dysenteryreports and extracts from reports relating to diarrhœa and dysenterytreatment with nitrate of silverdiarrhœa treated with injections of nitrate of silver at the Judiciary Square hospital, Washington, D. C., during the, summer of 1863patient sick about four weeks, weak and emaciated

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e606

TEI/XML: med.d1e606.xml

Case entered in the book is signed by Assistant Surgeon A. Hartsuff, U. S. A., temporarily acting as surgeon in charge,⃰ by whom it is understood the majority if not all the cases were treated. To the account of each case as recorded in the case-book the subsequent history of the patient, whenever it has been possible to obtain it, is appended. ⃰In the absence of Assistant Surgeon E. J. Marsh, U. S. A.

CASE 17.—Corporal John Webster, company G, 2d New York cavalry; admitted July 24, 1863, from Yorktown. Diarrhœa. The patient had been sick about four weeks, and was weak and emaciated. He had from four to fifteen thin, light-colored, nearly odorless stools daily. July 25th: Ordered quinine, with tannin and other astringents combined with opium. This treatment was continued three days without benefit. July 29th: Ordered the following: ℞. Nitrate of silver fifteen grains, water one ounce. Use as an enema. This was retained twenty-five minutes. The stools were at once reduced to but two daily, and became quite consistent. The patient soon recovered entirely. [He deserted December 31, 1863.]