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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 15, June 1-30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03627922

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 15, June 1-30, 1856

Description: Describes his visit to Dr. Edward H. Dixon for treatment of his nervous disorder.


by the profession, making onslaughts on the medically orthodox in his journal. He [Edward H. Dixon] is also a free thinker. [William] Levison, who knows him, accompanied me. ‘Twas at the close of sultry June day, the dead hush of the over clouded atmosphere betokening a coming thunder storm, which burst on our return, drenching us to the skin as we passed through Washington Square. Dixon lives in the Fifth Avenue, his office (like that of most New York doctors) being in the front basement. In person physiognomy he singularly like Louis Napoleon, which resemblance is further increased by his moustache. I told him details, refraining from the exaggeration which all doctors expect. At the time of speaking I was excessively agitated with the disease. He pronounced that “I had been playing h__l with my nervous system,” and intimated that by G_d he was going to give me strychnine.” Then he talk of his paper, my book &c — having enquired my recent employments. Finally he prescribed 15 drops of strychnine and alcohol, (to the proportion of one grain of the former to an ounce of the latter, to be taken thrice a day: with a plaster down the spine. Levison has shown himself very kindly of late, and I shame that I misjudged him so much. His flaw is weakness that’s all, otherwise he would be a better and kinder man than might be expected from his antecedents and surroundings. I have observed the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-06-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care


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