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Ellen Weller, 24, [Child of] Gardener

Occupation or role: [Child of] Gardener
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1888
Date of death: 16 Mar 1888
Disease (transcribed): Abscess between stomach and diaphragm. Possibly started originally from a gastric ulcer. Bursting of the abscess into the general peritoneal cavity
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Stomach, diaphragm); Ulcer (Stomach)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The father of the patient said that about a year before she came to St George’s she had an attack of ‘pleurisy’ and was ill for 5 months. The patient herself gave no account of an illness resembling pleurisy, but said she had suffered from palpitations and ‘globus’. When she came into the hospital she complained of pain at the lower part of the thorax’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, liver, spleen, kidneys, ovaries, heart, lungs

Type of incident: n/a

Frances Dyball, 48, Tailoress

Occupation or role: Tailoress
Age: 48
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Jan 1888
Date of death: 21 Mar 1888
Disease (transcribed): Pyaemia. Abscesses in muscles, lungs, liver, spleen. Dilatation of common bile duct
Disease (standardised): Sepsis (Systemic); Abscess (Muscles, lungs, liver, spleen); Disease (Bile duct)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'Two of the patient’s sisters died of phthisis. There is no other family history of disease. The patient has had 4 children, one of whom died of bronchitis. She had scarlatina when a child and two attacks of rheumatic fever, the last 29 years before she came to St George’s. She was in King’s College Hospital about 7 years ago. The nature of her illness was not clear’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, liver, spleen, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Charles Allen, 29, Potman

Occupation or role: Potman
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1888
Date of death: 6 Apr 1888
Disease (transcribed): Numerous pyaemic patches of consolidation in the lungs. The primary source of infection was not found
Disease (standardised): Sepsis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer and Gamgee, Arthur
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'When he first came to the hospital he told the house physician that six days before admission he had pain in the loins; that he had had neither diarrhoea nor constipation and that that morning he had shivered & felt sick, but had not vomited. He denied having drunk to excess’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, lungs, heart, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Mary / Bridget Nolan, 28, Housemaid

Occupation or role: Housemaid
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 3 Apr 1888
Date of death: 8 Apr 1888
Disease (transcribed): Peritonitis?
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient was in good health till 4 years before her admission. She then had an attack of acute rheumatism: this lasted for three weeks. For several months before she came to the hospital she had abdominal pain occasionally: the pain was worse after food’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Peritoneum, bladder, small intestine

Type of incident: n/a

Richard Wynne, 26, Draper’s assistant

Occupation or role: Draper’s assistant
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 19 Apr 1888
Date of death: 30 Apr 1888
Disease (transcribed): Ulceration throughout the whole length of the large intestine. Perforation. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Intestines); Perforation (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'Ten or twelve years before his admission he had congestion of the lungs and was in bed a month. He had no other illness till the beginning of 1888 when he began to suffer from diarrhoea. His bowels were open 2 or 3 times daily. He recovered from the flux to some extent but not entirely’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, intestines, liver, spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs

Type of incident: n/a

Frederick Eyears, 16, Clerk

Occupation or role: Clerk
Age: 16
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Jul 1888
Date of death: 19 Jul 1888
Disease (transcribed): Perforation of vermiform appendix. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Perforation (Appendix); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient said he had had ‘brain fever’, scarlatina and measles about 10, 8 and 6 years before he came to the hospital. He had had no other illness. On the night of July 13th he went to bed in a state of health. On the morning of the 14th he woke up at 7.30. He then had severe pain at the upper part of his abdomen’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, thorax, heart, larynx, trachea, lungs, spleen, kidneys, liver, brain

Type of incident: n/a

John Selley, 45, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 19 Jul 1888
Date of death: 24 Jul 1888
Disease (transcribed): Laryngeal and pulmonary phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Larynx, lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient gave no history of having had scarlatina or rheumatism. He said for 11 months [he] had had ‘slow fever’ and had spent 3 or 4 months in bed, and for eight months sore throat (pain in his larynx)’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, thorax, lungs, larynx, heart, spleen, liver, stomach, intestines

Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Knight, Needlewoman

Occupation or role: Needlewoman
Age: 35
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 1 Dec 1871
Date of death: 4 Dec 1871
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of the left kidney, probably from obstruction of the ureter. Rupture of the kidney. Abscess. Thickened lung from interstitial pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys); Obstruction (Ureter); Rupture (Kidney); Abscess; Pneumonia (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Ogle, John William
Medical examination performed by: Laking, Francis Henry
Post mortem examination performed by:
Medical notes: 'This woman stated that fourteen days back sudden pain took her in the belly more especially in the left side. She did not take much notice, yet being [?] at the time, as the pains daily increased she was seen by some medical man who ‘treated her with castor oil’ ‘
Post mortem notes: thorax

Type of incident: n/a

Sarah Black, 15, Kitchen maid

Occupation or role: Kitchen maid
Age: 15
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 9 Aug 1888
Date of death: 14 Aug 1888
Disease (transcribed): Tuberculosis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Davidson, William Marshall
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The girl was a native of Argyleshire, but she had lived in London for two years. For two months before she came to the hospital she had suffered from cough and dyspnoea, had been much troubled with diarrhoea and had lost flesh. She did not take to her bed till about four days before her admission’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Larynx, trachea, pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, intestines

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Luker, 29, [Wife of] Painter

Occupation or role: [Wife of] Painter
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 25 Jul 1888
Date of death: 15 Aug 1888
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Davidson, William Marshall
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient was 29 years of age and was married at the age of 20. She had had 3 children, one of whom was living. One died of bronchitis and one of some unknown disease. She had never had scarlatina nor rheumatic fever, but she had occasional slight articular pains. Three weeks before her admission she had a child. The labour was normal
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Larynx, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, intestines, uterus, spinal cord

Type of incident: n/a

William Dron, 65, Decorator

Occupation or role: Decorator
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Aug 1888
Date of death: 22 Aug 1888
Disease (transcribed): Actinomycosis
Disease (standardised): Actinomycosis
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer and Gamgee, Arthur
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Lee
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The man had measles and scarlatina when young, and when he was about 25 fell and hurt his spine, but he soon recovered. He denied having had syphilis. In 1887 he had abscesses in his abdominal wall and was treated in University College Hospital by Dr Roberts and Mr Beck. He was in the hospital 4 months […] Two months before he came to St George’s he went to Eastbourne. He stayed there a month’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain, spinal cord

Type of incident: n/a

John Cox, 40, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Jan 1888
Date of death: 26 Jan 1888
Disease (transcribed): Tetanus
Disease (standardised): Tetanus (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Haward, John Warrington
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Bull, William C.
Medical notes: 'The man was a drunkard. There was some history of epilepsy, the first fit having occurred 4 years & the last 8 months previous to his accident. He was knocked down by a cart, the wheel of which passed over his right knee’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Right thigh, cranium, lungs, heart, spleen, spinal cord (‘inquest case … No lesions found at PM in any way explaining the cause of death, except the wound in the right thigh’)

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

Charles Thoroughgood, 53, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Oct 1888
Date of death: 24 Oct 1888
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis (Delirium tremens)
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Alcohol withdrawal delirium (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Davidson, William Marshall
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The man said that he was in good health till four days before his admission when he began to suffer from cough and dyspnoea. He was accustomed to drink alcoholic beverages freely, but the amount he took could not be approximately determined. He told the physician that he did not drink more than he did’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Pleurae, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, bladder, heart

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Lawrence, 26, Stableman

Occupation or role: Stableman
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 9 Oct 1888
Date of death: 5 Nov 1888
Disease (transcribed): Empyema in right pleural cavity. Collapse of right lung with small patches of consolidation and small abscesses
Disease (standardised): Empyema (Lungs); Collapse (Lungs); Abscess (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Bull, William C.
Medical notes: 'None obtainable excepting that he had left his home for many months & had been living a hand to mouth life. He got his hand out in a chaff milling machine’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, thorax, heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys, bladder, testes, liver, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Sophia Stanford, 61, Widow

Occupation or role: Widow
Age: 61
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 7 Nov 1888
Date of death: 12 Nov 1888
Disease (transcribed): Fatty heart. Caseating tubercles found in the lungs, bronchial glands, suprarenal bodies and intestines
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Tuberculosis (Lungs, kidneys, intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The woman could give no good history of herself. According to her own account she was well till about a week before her admission when she had a ‘fit’, the nature of which she could not explain’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, abdomen, thorax, heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

George Greenslade, 40, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Dec 1888
Date of death: 25 Dec 1888
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of occipital bone. Cerebritis of right frontal lobe
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Meningitis, Listeria (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Porter, P.E.
Medical notes: 'Was knocked down by a carriage which passed over the right side of chest and abdomen. Scalp wound over occipital region. [On] admission, house surgeon reports. Smelt a good deal of alcohol’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Skull, brain, abdomen, spleen, kidneys, liver, thorax
Illustrations or photographs: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

William Welbourn, 45, Confectioner

Occupation or role: Confectioner
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Nov 1888
Date of death: 31 Dec 1888
Disease (transcribed): Tumour of right half of pons and of anterior half of floor of fourth ventricle. Old phthisis. Pericarditis. Hobnailed liver
Disease (standardised): Tumour (Brain); Tuberculosis (Lungs); Pericarditis (Heart); Liver cirrhosis (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient said his father died of ‘drink’; he could give no details. His mother died at the age of 82. There was no family history of neurosis. The man gave no history of syphilis. He had had rheumatism three times. The first attack occurred when he was 25 years of age. He was laid up for 3 months. He had a second attack when he was 32, and was kept in bed then for 2 months. A third attack occurred when he was 40. On the last occasion he was only kept in bed for 3 days, but he had immediately afterwards some illness which he called pneumonia. The symptoms were cough and blood-spitting’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Feet, skull, brain, thorax, heart, liver, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Morris Lloyd, 50, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Feb 1888
Date of death: 7 Feb 1888
Disease (transcribed): Suppurative orchitis, pus in the spermatic cords. Suppuration in and about the vesiculae seminales. Pyaemia
Disease (standardised): Orchitis (Testicles); Suppuration (Spermatic cords, seminal glands); Sepsis (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient’s penis was removed in 1885 at St Thomas’s Hospital. The reason for the operation is not known. No record was kept of the case at that hospital’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Abdomen, testicles, kidneys, bladder, spleen, liver, thorax, lungs, heart, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Harper, 1 ¾, [Child of] Porter

Occupation or role: [Child of] Porter
Age: 1 ¾
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 4 Feb 1888
Date of death: 10 Feb 1888
Disease (transcribed): Tubercular peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The child was in good health till 10 weeks before he came to the hospital. The first symptom noticed by the mother was abdominal swelling; the child appeared to be well, apart from this. He was taken to a dispensary. Dropsy was diagnosed’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, abdomen, spleen, kidneys, liver, stomach, lungs, heart

Type of incident: n/a

James Chapman, 35, Packer

Occupation or role: Packer
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Feb 1888
Date of death: 16 Feb 1888
Disease (transcribed): Tubercular meningitis. Grey granulations of the greater part of the both lungs. Small cavities at both apices
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis, meningeal (Brain); Disease (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient was said to have had fever and ague in India. Two years before admission he said he had ‘congestions of the lungs’. At that time he had pain in the side. He was ill in bed about 6 weeks. He was an habitual drinker of black beer and took some pints daily’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, spleen, liver, kidneys, mesenteric glands, stomach, thorax, heart

Type of incident: n/a