The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

diaries kept by Ursula Graham Bower on visits to Manipur and North Cachar between 1937 and 1940

caption: further treatment of Kapuni and other cases; tainted water
medium: diaries
person: Kapuni
date: 23.3.1939
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (23) March 23rd. Namli & back. 12-14m.
text: Arranged to leave at 9., but what with visiting Kapuni and dressing half-a-dozen cases, including the sinus, and making a liniment (Kapuni's pain mounting) of castor oil, whisky and mustard in a desperate effort to get them to rub, we didn't get off till 10. Chingjaroi elder there before us, and village on the alert. Patient looking quite sprightly. Gave him tonic. Scored hen, & ring of salt. Issued medicine as far as able and so home. Unfortunately found lunch drinking-water stank of mould. Told Luikai to throw it away. Staggered back hot & perishing of thirst (sun in Namli red-hot, & Luikai complaining) and found all water tainted. I think it was from a mouldy bamboo they carried it in.
text: Visited Kapuni again. Pain up in hips. Removed Antiphlogistine, issued Manget cachets, in halves, as powders. Also supply of sodium salicylate.