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Post Mortem Examinations and Case Books

  • GB 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.

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

St George's Hospital, London

Timothy Brandon, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 May 1841
Date of death: 28 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of skull. Haemorrhage from meningeal artery
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Haemorrhage (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

Charles Simmons, 42, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Date of admission: May 1841
Date of death: 27 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Hope, James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, larynx, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Francois James, 27, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Feb 1843
Date of death: 17 May 1843
Disease (transcribed): Miliary tubercules of lung. Disease of wrist-joint (scrofulous).
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Disease (Hand)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, thorax, abdomen and wrist
Type of incident: n/a

[No name], [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: n/a
Date of death: 28 Nov 1842
Disease (transcribed): Stricture of Rectum.
Disease (standardised): Stricture (Rectum)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Johnstone, Athol Archibald Wood
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Marsh, 60, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Jan 1843
Date of death: 14 Jan 1843
Disease (transcribed): Malignant Disease.
Disease (standardised): Malignancy (Indeterminate)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John Laws, 22, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Oct 1842
Date of death: 22 Oct 1842
Disease (transcribed): Bubo in left groin. Enlarged spleen. Extravasation of blood in brain.
Disease (standardised): Bubo (Abdomen); Enlarged (Spleen); Extravasation (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Pollock, George
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, lungs, heart, abdomen and blood
Type of incident: n/a

Richard Pountney, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 7 Oct 1842
Date of death: 8 Oct 1842
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of the base of the Skull with laceration of brain and extensive haemorrhage.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain); Haemorrhage (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: The patient was brought in with the right extremities paralysed. Convulsions came on in the left extremities some time after admission.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium
Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Elliott, 51, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Nov 1842
Date of death: 10 Jan 1843
Disease (transcribed): Calculus in Bladder
Disease (standardised): Calculi (Bladder)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen, bladder, urethra and kidneys
Type of incident: n/a

George Clarke, 30, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 11 Nov 1840
Date of death: 3 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Ulcer of the leg. Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Leg); Tuberculosis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'On the 31st of Dec 1840 this patient was operated upon by Mr Babington [George Gisborne Babington] for an external squint of the right eye’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax

Type of incident: n/a

Cornelius Lane, 17, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 Jan 1841
Date of death: 8 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Scrofulous disease of left kidney & bladder &c
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Kidneys, bladder)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: [Catalogue of the Pathological Museum, 1866, p.168]: ‘The patient, Cornelius L., aged 17, had, for some few years before his death, suffered from a scrofulous disease of the hip. He died of phthisis and scrofulous disease of the kidney and bladder’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, hip-joint

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Cable, 14, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 14
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Feb 1843
Date of death: 6 Mar 1843
Disease (transcribed): Psoas abscess. Peritonitis.
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Psoas); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Sarah Smith , 64, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 64
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Jan 1843
Date of death: 9 Jan 1843
Disease (transcribed): Cancer
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Indeterminate)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Right arm, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Henry Smart, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Feb 1843
Date of death: 23 Feb 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fractured Pelvis.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Pelvis)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Left leg, pelvis and bladder
Type of incident: n/a

Anne Roberts, 48, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 48
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 25 May 1842
Date of death: 12 Aug 1842
Disease (transcribed): Apoplexy with slight disease of mitral valve.
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Heart); Disease (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Macleod, Roderick. Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Salmon
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

James McLean, 22, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 28 Jan 1843
Date of death: 12 Feb 1843
Disease (transcribed): Burn
Disease (standardised): Burn (Skin)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Intestines and duodenum
Type of incident: n/a

Eliza Allen, 2, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 2
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 27 Apr 1842
Date of death: 10 May 1842
Disease (transcribed): n/a
Disease (standardised):
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: Davis, George Augustus
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'To be reported by Mr G. Davis [George Augustus Davis], officiating house surgeon’

Type of incident: n/a

John Kendall, 42, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Mar 1842
Date of death: 11 May 1842
Disease (transcribed): Cancer of the tongue
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Tongue)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'The commencement of the disease in this case dated eighteen months back from the time of admission’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Tongue

Type of incident: n/a

Isabella Dimock, 24, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 30 Mar 1842
Date of death: 10 May 1842
Disease (transcribed): Dysentery
Disease (standardised): Dysentery (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Macleod, Roderick
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Enock, 57, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Apr 1842
Date of death: 28 Apr 1842
Disease (transcribed): Stricture of urethra. Abscess in the prostate
Disease (standardised): Stricture (Urethra); Abscess (Prostate)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Urethra

Type of incident: n/a

Sarah Harper, 34, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 30 Mar 1842
Date of death: 27 Apr 1842
Disease (transcribed): Phlebitis. Secondary deposits
Disease (standardised): Phlebitis (Blood vessels); Deposit
Admitted under the care of: Macleod, Roderick
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Maria Davis, 33, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 33
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 11 Oct 1843
Date of death: 25 Nov 1843
Disease (transcribed): Ulcer of the tongue.
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Mouth)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Murray, 50, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 5 Jan 1842
Date of death: 15 Feb 1842
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhus breast, affecting glands in axilla, bones, muscles, lungs, liver and one ovary
Disease (standardised): Scirrhus (Breast)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Gibbs, 88, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 88
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 3 Nov 1843
Date of death: 24 Nov 1843
Disease (transcribed): Burn.
Disease (standardised): Burn (Skin)
Admitted under the care of: Babington, George Gisborne
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: The body was not examined
Type of incident: n/a

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