[ [Clyster for a Nervous Fever] ] William Booth
Source: William Booth Diary
Institution: Acadia University Archives | Source Origin: William R. Moore Collection | Sublocation: William Booth diary (20 January 1789-24 March 1789). | Reference: Accession 1971.001-MRE/2
This is one of the more detailed entries describing a treatment for Hannah Booth, wife of William Booth, the diarist.
Febry th 21st:
Much snow last Night--
Day clear and Frosty --
Hannah quite delirious this Morning.
She drank some Tea and eat a little
Bread -- Sent to Dr D. informing
him of her state -- promises to call
He intends putting a Blister to her
She had hot Bricks in Flannel
last night at her feet, having
complained of cold --
Sent Graves wth My Compliments
to Major Vesey requesting him
commend a Nurse of the Regiment.
None to be found in Town accord:
ing to opinion of Dr D-- sufficiently
'tis a nervous fever -- did not imagine he
should have found her so bad this morning.
he recommends a Clyster of Camomile and
molasses and a little Salt (about a pint).
Soles of feet to have Poultice of Mustard,
Vinegar and Water. I wrote to Mrs Burns for
the Blister, some Hartshorn and Lavender.
The nurse came this afternoon.
Dr. Drummond very obligingly call'd and
made the Clyster wch produced a good effect. She took the tea as usual with a little Bread. The Clyster having good effect the Doctor
ordered the 3rd of a pint to be again applied
which succeeded very well to our wishes
'tis to be repeated, about a Table and 1/2
spoon full of salt - 1/2 pint Molasses wth
Camomile water making up about
1 Pint --
Hannah had the Clyster again after Tea
it operated Twice 2nd appeared lose stool
1st watery --
Still taking wild and flem in her throat
excessive troublesome --
She had no sleep last Night; nor any this day--
about 10 minutes excepted--
She died at 10 minutes before
5 o'clock, and so unprepared was
I that she was gone in her sleep
having dreamed loud but a minute