Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Who was the "Spy"

A few days ago, I came across this tidbit in the Confederate State Medical and Surgical Journal (September 1864).  Anyone know who the "Spy" was? Maybe Gregory Spry?

Spy, private, Company "B," 10th North Carolina battalion of artillery. Patient strong and robust; has had five or six attacks of intermittent fever; quotidiana form; hour of expected chill, 11 o'clock, June 5th. At 6 A. M., 6 grains were given according to directions given the evening before. 7 A. M., pulse 64-6 grains given, and the same ordered at 8 and 9 o'clock. 10 A. M., pulse 85-very slight moisture on surface of body. 11 A. M., pulse 92--10 grains given, no moisture; patient complained that the chill was coming on. 11 1/2 A. M.; chill come on at 11.25 minutes, but slight. 12 M.; chill has passed off; fever succeeded; pulse 110. The fever lasted two and half hours, followed by the usual degree of diaphoresis. June 6th. Patient reports himself as "right smart better;" pulse 72. 6 A. M., 6 grains given, and the same ordered every hour, which had the effect of breaking the chill and fever; diaphoresis began at 10 o'clock. The patient returned to duty two days afterward.

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