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Postby Simon A » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:08 pm

A few weeks ago I discovered the brother of my Great Grandma’s War pension which was held at the national archive. He served with the 5th Lancers and has the Defence of Ladysmith medal Clasp.
He was invalided out of the Army in May 1900 for concussion after his horse through him whilst training them. He was unconscious for 4 days.

I have been struggling to transcribe his medical record and wondered if anyone can help me out. See below for what I have done so far. I am intrigued to know what Colie is on row 7. I have googled it without success. Also, why there are numbers against some of the medical conditions e.g. rows 8, 10, 11 & 12. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanking you in advance.

Simon
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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby Simon A » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:31 pm

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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby Sylcec » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:42 pm

23/3/92 - Canterbury - no admission - fit for India
2/11 94 - Diarrhoes - chill M R - astringents
Sorry - I realise that I will have to print out the documents to compare. Will have a go later.
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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby Simon A » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:05 pm

Thank you Sylvia.

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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:53 pm

Do you think "Colie" might actually be "Colic"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colic - presumably not horse colic, of course!
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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby brunes08 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:38 pm

I thought it was colic too.
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India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby coopernicola » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:18 am

The days column is, I believe, the number of days they were in hospital or not fit for duty.
Edit: or did you mean the numbers '23a ague'? Perhaps these refer to a list of ailments.
I agree with the others it's likely to be colic - possibly due to infectious disease such as Salmonella typhi. The 'ague' is probably malaria as treatment given is quinine.
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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby Simon A » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:08 pm

Colic seems to make sense - I was thinking it was a baby ailment. Can you make out the treatment next to it?
It would be handy to have the list of ailments that are refereed too.
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Re: India and Boer War Medical Form

Postby coopernicola » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:06 pm

Ricinus communis, the castor oil plant, was used extensively as a remedy for gut ailments in pre-antibiotic era. I can't figure out what sort of preparation was given here, it may simply have been Castor Oil. (It's worth noting that the reason I picked S. typhi is because patients usually suffer acute abdominal pain rather than diarrhoea.) Whatever the cause, bacterial or not, the treatment would be to alleviate symptoms and hope it resolved.
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Edit: Colic in an adult could also be due to gall stones but as your man was well after a few days and not subsequently treated for colic it's more likely to be an infectious cause.
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Postby coopernicola » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:26 pm

P.S. on the 'remedy' line after Herpes facialis (which is likely to be cold sores) if the word IS Vaseline this would be very early use as it was only given a patent in 1872! It would not help or cure a viral infection.
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