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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 159, May 30-June 10, 1858

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Identifier: DX03540732

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 159, May 30-June 10, 1858

Description: Describes an illness, and a visit to Dr. Edward Dixon.


all day, clambering up rocks, quoit playing with extemporized stones &c. The day hot and lovely. I sick all the time with extreme indigestion. Return by 7. I couldn’t eat during the day or on returning — so took pills and went to bed. A weary day for me.

31. Monday. Worse.


[1. Tuesday through 10. Thursday] Sick, of a bilious jaundice. Had to take to my bed and call in the doctor.The three or four days after Sunday's rambles passed miserably. I couldn't eat, I couldn't work, I could only feel exceedingly ill, be troubled with abortive attempts at vomiting, grow yellow and hope each day might being better health. It didn't. On Wednesday (I think) I went over to [Dr. Edward] Dixon's. He was gone to the opera. I wasted a dreary evening in Washington Square and his office till he returned. He said he had no faith in medicine but told me the old fashioned remedy — Calomel. I took it that night. Not much better in the morning and soon. Lay all day wearily in my room, while the adjoining one was being whitewashed, the din of the carptenters and brick layers finishing a tall tenement house in our rear, distressing me. More calomel. Temporary relief, then as bad or worse. [Jesse] Haney suggested the Edward's family doctor on Sunday night, and he came. Prescribed "mandrake" pills and said he'd come every day. Long days in bed, reading, a little Phonography and a great deal of purging. People all very kind, Haney particularly

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care


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