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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 14, May 15-June 30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03627070

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 14, May 15-June 30, 1856

Description: Describes his poor mental health and visiting Dr. Dixon for treatment.


day of his [Frank Pounden's] (ostensible) bachelor-hood. He has now left; the boy Rawl Rawson [Gill] preceded him in departure by a fortnight, and the adjoining room is empty. I am very lonely. Have to interchange a word or so with W. W. [William Waud] with Sol [Eytinge], none. Saw [George] Yewell and the Arnolds [Jack and George] on Sunday last

This portion of my life would have its interest, could I put it down. But it must remain unwritten. Oh lonely life, and troubled brain, when will you find rest? —

x x x x


This month has nearly spun past, un-noted. Towards the close of the past one, the nervous attacks reached such a crisis that I had to take medical advice. I described the disease in detail to [William] Barth, who suggested cupping and the use of a prescription which he did (not) enclose. So one miserable morning when I felt as though I should topple down apoplectically in the street I got let blood to a considerable extent after the manner advised. The result may have been beneficial, certainly was not hurtful, may have been neither. Next day, however I was almost hysterically nervous, and in further pursuance of Barth’s advice went to one [Edward H.] Dixon, Editor of the "Scalpel" — a character in his way. The man is regarded as an Ishmaelite

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-05-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care
Mental illness
19th century


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