[ [Clyster for a Nervous Fever] ] William Booth
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 ^to Re:
commend a Nurse of the Regiment.
None to be found in Town accord:
ing to opinion of Dr D-- sufficiently
1The Major will send one this afternoon.
The Doctor was here at the time expected says
'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.
2Mrs Burns at Point Carleton just now
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--
3(copy) Dr: Drummond's note. Dr: Drummond with most respectful Compliments to Capt: Booth begs leave to inform that there is a Mrs Mackneal next door to Mr Largin's a midwife who I presume may have in her possession a Bladder & pipe fit for the purpose of giving an injection immediately to Mrs Booth, and the sooner given the better. Saturday pm.
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