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COLONIAL OFFICE RECORDS

Medical Report by Dr. Henry H. Stabb, Surgeon
Visit to South Shore, Conception Bay
October 24, 1835

Transcribed from the Colonial Office
Volume 21, pages 145 to 148, PANL NF-GN 2/2

 

 

MEDICAL REPORT by Dr. Henry H. Stabb, Surgeon

On the sixth October, I proceeded to Kiligrews, and visited professionally Edward Nugent, whom I found labouring under confluent small pox, the disease had been in progress seven days - the symptoms being all severe at this time, contained much the same till the ninth day, when the usual exacerbation (?) took place, and from that day until the eighteen the disease increased in severity, the patient suffering extreme prostration of strength and depression of mind, on the evening of that day, a favorable change took place, and thence forward the patience continued to improve rapidly, so that I was enabled to pronounce him out of danger, with every chance of recovery, on the 21st inst.

The residence of this man is separate from all others, and as far as can be known, no communication has taken place between the inmates and the inhabitants of Kiligrews ---- no chloride of lime being process able, I have left a sufficient quantity of Tulphoric Acid with the Missus of Edward Nugent, to decompose a pound of salt,  this chemical process, being the best substitute for disinfecting the chamber, clothes & c., I have also directed them to wash the walls with lime, after the recovery of the sick.

There is only one other case, of modified small pox, the patient being the wife of Edward Nugent----- she was vaccinated some years since----I have supplied her house with medicine for her use, with directions to inform me often as possible of the progress of the disease, which I don't apprehend will be at all dangerous, from the apparent mildness of the attack------

The intervals of my visits to Edward Nugent were occupied visiting the inhabitants of Lance Cove, Upper and Lower Gullies, Kiligrews, Middle Bight, Fox Trap, Long Pond, Emanuels, Chamberlains, and Topsail------In these different places I vaccinated 187 children and 70 adults whose names are in this report-------

I may add, that the inhabitants of the South Shore of Conception Bay, when I first visited them, were in great consternation from fear of the virulent disease that had appeared amongst them, and their gratitude to his Excellency the Governor, for the medical assistance afforded them was proportionate-------

                                                            Henry H. Stabb

                                                            Surgeon

 

 

Saint Johns

24th October, 1835

Names whom Dr. Stabb visited and vaccinated:

HEADS OF FAMILIES

No OF CHILDREN

NO OF ADULTS

     

DAWE, Abraham

6

1

FARRAL, James

5

 

PARMITER, Richard

4

 

HODGE, James

2

1

HENNESSY, James

1

1

NUGENT, Edward

2

1

NUGENT, John

2

2

NUGENT, Michael

3

1

NUGENT, William

2

 

DWYER, John

 

1

O'BRIEN, Bryan

3

 

DAWE, John

3

 

EDWARD, Michael

2

 

DWYER, Catherine

3

3

DAWE, Charles

3

1

WILLIAMS, William

4

 

SMITH, Robert

4

1

MILLER, Robert

2

 

SQUIRES, Benjamin

1

 

COATES, Charles

3

1

ANDREWS, John

3

1

ANDREWS, Garland

1

1

ANDREWS, Alfred

1

 

SCOTT, William

2

1

SCOTT, Charles

2

 

KELLY, George

2

 

COSENS, Mrs.

 

1

HISCOCK, Edward

8

1

RIDOUT, Mrs.

4

 

HISCOCK, Edward, Sen.

1

1

FOWLER, John

4

1

FOLEY, John

 

1

METCALF, Michael

 

2

MERCER, John

 

1

MERCER, William

 

1

FOWLER, Henry

 

1

FOWLER, Edward

 

1

SMITH, George

3

1

HISCOCK, Edward

4

 

WHITE, James

 

1

MEAGHER, John

4

1

CHEATER, George

3

2

HIBBS, Thomas

4

 

MAYO, William

2

 

MAYO, James

4

 

ALLAN, James

4

 

CHUTERSON, George

4

1

HIBBS, George

2

2

DOWTON, Thomas

2

1

METCALF, Michael

1

1

MILLAR, Joseph

4

 

ALLAN, Jas, Sen.

4

1

EASON, William

4

 

ALLAN, George

2

1

BOGGAN, Michael

2

 

NEVILLE, James

4

 

GEEHAN, John

3

 

CHURCHILL, Philip

4

 

TILLY, Robert

6

 

SMITH, George

1

 

TILLY, George

1

3

SUNDRY? YOUNG WOMAN

 

6

BUTLER, John

 

6

WILLIAMS, James

4

1

KELLY, Joseph

3

1

SMITH, John (ORPHAN)

 

1

MILLER, Thos

4

2

MELTON, Mrs.

1

1

GREENSLADE

5

1

NOSWORTHY, Jacob

6

2

KENNEDY, Edward

2

3

TAYLOR, John

4

1

BEER, Richard

4

2

     

This page transcribed and contributed by Barbara McGrath (October 2000)

Page Revised: February - 2003 (Don Tate)

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