The Medical Case of James Ainsworth, Co. I, 5th PA Reserves

CASE 499.

Private James Ainsworth, Company I, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves; age 19; admitted from regimental hospital February 12, 1864. Acute dysentery. [This man appears on the hospital register of his regiment, sent to hospital February 12 dysentery.] Pneumonia of an aesthetic type supervened almost immediately after his admission. Treatment: Dover’s powder, dry cups to the chest, milk-punch. The dysenteric symptoms subsided, and there were no discharges from the bowels for several days before death. Died, February 23d. Autopsy eighteen hours after death: The lower lobe of the right lung was in the stage of gray hepatization, the other lobes in the stage of red hepatization ; the left lung was congested. The intestines presented no evidences of serious disease.1

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  1. The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, (1861-65). Chapter II, Section III, pg. 197 – MORBID APPEARANCES OBSERVED IN FATAL CASES.