An enslaved woman dies

Surgeon’s journal

N. 33

About six days before she would pass away, a female slave complained to me about pain in her belly. I gave her painkillers and rhubarb powder every other day, upon which she seemed to getting healthier. I followed up by giving her an absinth elixir of saffron, aloe and myrrh. Upon that, on the 18th, her diarrhea caused he to lose a considerable amount of maggots together with a worm – not thicker than a thread of yarn but surely three 1 fathom = 6 feet (170 cm)fathoms long. After that she complained about serious pain and started to faint. I did my best to keep her alive, but she was already elderly and had been ill often before. She was one of our first bought slaves and had had venereal soars for a couple of weeks. On the 19th of this month, the day on which we sold all our slaves, she passed away.