JOHN KNAPP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
SURNAME:Knapp
FORENAMES:John also recorded as William
BORN:c1806
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ENLISTED:13 02 1829 London
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TROOP NO:1831: Troop 7
TROOP CAPTAIN:1831: Captain Gerard S. Moore
RANK: 1829-1832: Private
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EMBARKATIONS:02 01 1830 Duchess of Atholl England
DISEMBARKATIONS:17 04 1830 Duchess of Atholl Bombay India
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DIED:23 04 1832 Kirkee India aged 26 years. See autopsy report below.
BURIED:23 04 1832 Kirkee India
Recorded as William in burial record
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AUTOPSY REPORT: CASE No. 1. - Gray softening of the mucous lining of the stomach and colon:
JOHN KNAPP, Private, 4th Light Dragoons, AEt. 22. Had dysentary twice in 1830. Admitted into Hospital 17th April, 1832. Attacked with purging on the 15th, evacuations scanty, light coloured, reported to contain blood; griping; tenesmus. Pulse and skin good; tongue foul, bad taste of mouth.
- 18th, purged, evacuation orange-coloured, slimy, copius; less griping; tenesmus continues. Vesper, very frequent evacuations, green, slimy, and containing blood; pain of the iliac regions on pressure; distressing tenesmus; pulse quick; tongue foul.
- 19th, pain relieved; purging continues, with mucus and blood; tenesmus; vomiting from pills, which contain ipecacuanha. Vesper, occasional retching and vomiting.
- 20th, greenish watery evacuations, with clots of mucus; less tenesmus; retching at intervals; pulse 120, small; great thirst; mouth becoming sore. Vesper, dark watery evacuations; no pain; much sinking; clammy skin; very frequent pulse.
- 21st, occasional retching; no pain; thirst undiminished; tongue furred, red round the edges.
- 22nd. incessant retching. In the night two evacuations of natural faeces, with white music; no tenesmus; extreme thirst. Vesper, is sinking; died at midnight.
Treatment, V. S. blisters to the epigastrium; mercurials with opiates; mouth sore; no salivation.
Inspection. On opening the abdomen, the intestines appeared natural, no evidence of peritoneal inflammation, no distension of the bowels. The large intestines with the termination of the ileum were opened. The mucous lining of the ileum somewhat vascular, perhaps thinner, peeling easily off with the nail. There was one ulver in the coecum about the size of a silver penny, not deep, unsurrounded by thickening or vascularity, secreting good pus. The mucuos lining of the great intestines throughout perhaps thicker than natural, of an ash light-gray colour, here and there dotted red, peeling off easily in shreds with the nail; contents of the large intestines green and feculent. The stomach opened presented here and there much the same ash-gray, dotted red appearance, mucous tunic thickened and softened, with the marks of one or two small ulcers cicatrizing; small intestines not opened. Liver healthy. Gall-bladder full of good bile. Thoracic viscera sound.
Remarks. It is probable that the tissues which had been diseased in the dysentery of 1830 had completely resumed their natural state. The inflammation of the mucous lining of the stomach rather than that of the colon was the cause of the fatal result. The principal lesion was gray softening, with soem thickening of the mucous coat of the stomach and colon. This appearance is generally the result of chronic action, it cannot be said to have been so in this instance.
It has been doubted by some pathologists whether the gray softening be a result of inflammation. In this case, where the symptoms clearly proved it, and where there were other less equivocal indications, viz., the ulcer, and the here and there a dotted red appearance, there cannot be any doubt...
TNA SOURCES:WO/12/639-642
BL SOURCES:IOR/N/3/10
OTHER SOURCES:Transactions of the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta, Vol. 7, 1835
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