Cholera — Examination after Death

J. A. Allen
1832 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
In accordance with my suggestion, previously made, to Dr. Wright, of Whitehall, he has availed himself of an early opportunity of making a post mortem examination of a case of suspected spasmodic cholera. The patient was a child, two and a half years old, whose father was an inhabitant of that place-intemperate, resided in a poor, miserable hut, and died with symptoms ofthe Asiatic cholera seven days before. The lather had been familiar with the emigrants who recently died at Forts Edward and
more » ... Forts Edward and Miller. The child, says Dr. W., had enjoyed good health, as the mother stated, till daylight on the morning of June 22d, when it was taken with " vomiting, purging, and cramps of the legs, stomach, &c. ; discharges from the stomach and bowels, of a transparent jelly appearance ; cold extremities, and sinking of the vital powers." The vomiting ceased two hours before death, which occurred in about five hours from the attack. Dr. W., on examination, found the stomach distended with a thin, turbid fluid, which was so confined that it gushed out, through the first ' aperture made in its coats, to the distance of a foot or two, and contin-
doi:10.1056/nejm183207180062302 fatcat:6gq7az5y4bdz3omfbqhlr5usuq