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            406 PM · Collection · 1840-1946

            The post mortem records contain manuscript case notes, with medical notes both pre and post mortem. These include details on patients’ admission to the hospital, treatments and medication administered to patients and the medical history of patients; the medical histories were copied into the volumes from hospital registers, which are no longer extant. The post mortem cases include detailed pathological findings made during the detailed examination of the body after death. From the 1880s onwards the case books contain original anatomical drawings and photographs.

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            The following information is recorded for each case. The information is transcribed from the case notes and/or the relevant index and, where relevant, additionally standardised using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

            • Name of the patient. If a name is not entered in the volume, it is noted in the catalogue as ‘[No name stated]’

            • Gender of the patient (female / male / unknown)

            • Age of the patient. Usually in numbers, following the original, with the following exceptions: 4/12 = 4 months, 4/52 = 4 weeks, 4/365 = 4 days. If no age is entered, it is noted in the catalogue as ‘[No age stated]’

            • Occupation of the patient. Where no occupation is entered, it is noted in the catalogue as ‘[No occupation stated]’. Children are often designated according to their father’s or mother’s occupation and women by their husband’s occupation (e.g. ‘F / Horsekeeper’, ‘M. Charwoman’, ‘Hd Grocer’); these have been rendered in the catalogue as ‘[Child of] Horsekeeper’, ‘[Wife of] Grocer’

            • Date of admission and date of death

            • The names of the doctors treating or examining the patient. ‘Admitted under the care of’ denotes the senior doctor in charge of the case (usually entered at the top of the page and in the index); ‘Post mortem performed by’ denotes the doctor responsible for the post mortem examination (usually signed at the bottom of the page) and ‘Medical examination performed by’ denotes the doctor responsible for the medical examination prior to death (usually signed at the bottom of the page). The earliest records usually contain only one name, and some of the later ones may contain multiple names in each category. An authority record (name access point) with basic biographical details has been created for each doctor mentioned in the records; these can be used to explore all the cases related to a particular individual

            • Disease(s) or cause of death of the patient. Transcribed from the medical case and/or the index and standardised, e.g. ‘Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Fractured base. Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (lungs). Fracture (skull)’

            • Medical and post mortem notes. Brief summary description or transcription of the case notes relating to previous medical history (not a full transcription of the case notes)

            • Note on whether the case includes illustrations or photographs; these can also be browsed via genre access points

            • Note on whether the death was caused by trauma, accident or suicide

            • Subject access points, using standardised terms from MeSH, with disease type (e.g. respiratory tract diseases, cardiovascular diseases) and anatomy type (e.g. cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system), which can be used for browsing all relevant cases

            Note on transcriptions and abbreviations

            Names have been silently expanded, e.g. Jas = James, Wm = William

            Some common abbreviations and acronyms

            AMCH = Atkinson Morley Convalescent Hospital, Wimbledon
            BID = Brought in dead
            COA = Condition on admission
            F = Father
            H or Hd = Husband
            HP = House physician
            HS = House surgeon
            IP = In-patient
            L = Left
            M = Mother
            MR or Med reg or Med r = Medical register or Medical registrar
            MS = Museum specimen
            OP = Out-patient
            OPD = Out-patient department
            OR = Obstetric register
            PMH = Previous medical history
            PH = Previous history
            Pt or Pat = Patient
            PM = Post mortem
            R = Right
            RF = Rheumatic fever
            Ry = Railway
            SR or Surg reg = Surgical register or Surgical registrar
            TB = Tuberculosis
            VD = Venereal disease

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