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Post Mortem Examinations and Case Books

  • 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

Henry Gwyatt, 27, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 13 Jan 1841
Date of death: 12 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Secondary inflammation after amputation of thigh
Disease (standardised): Amputation (Thigh); Inflammation (Thigh)
Admitted under the care of: Walker, Robert Benjamin
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, shoulder-joint, stump and hip-joint

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Kelly, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 3 Feb 1841
Date of death: 13 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pneumonia. Encephaloid disease spreading from breast to chest
Disease (standardised): Pneumonia (Lungs); Encephalitis (Breast, chest)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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

Joseph Donaldson, 47, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 3 Jul 1842
Date of death: 15 Jul 1842
Disease (transcribed): Abscess between Rectum and Bladder. Cavity of Rectum ?
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: The patient was brought to the Hospital with a compound dislocation of the ankle joint. The limb was amputated shortly after his admission.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Margaret Runacus, 24, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Aug 1842
Date of death: 13 Dec 1842
Disease (transcribed): Scrofulous disease of foot and knee joint.
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Foot, Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Pollock, George
Medical notes: Amputation performed on 8th December 1842
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Leg and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

Edward Weston, 14, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 14
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Mar 1843
Date of death: 20 May 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of dorsal spine and abscess
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Spine); Abscess (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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

Samuel Boutle, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Apr 1843
Date of death: 27 May 1843
Disease (transcribed): Psoas abscess.
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Psoas)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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

Arthur Carey, 18, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Feb 1843
Date of death: 1 Jun 1843
Disease (transcribed): Ulceration of cartilages of knee joint. Abscess.
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Leg); Abscess (Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 knee, thorax and kidneys
Type of incident: n/a

Robert Mills, 26 , [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 May 1843
Date of death: 1 Jun 1843
Disease (transcribed): Concussion. Emphysema.
Disease (standardised): Concussion (Brain); Emphysema (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 and throat
Type of incident: n/a

James Dowden, 73, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 73
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 Jun 1843
Date of death: 24 Jun 1843
Disease (transcribed): Wound in Larynx.
Disease (standardised): Wound (Larynx)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 head
Type of incident: Suicide

Catherine Coney , 76, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 76
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 26 Jul 1843
Date of death: 3 Aug 1843
Disease (transcribed): Malignant tumour of neck.
Disease (standardised): Tumour (Neck)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Neck, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

James Lamont, 45, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 9 Aug 1843
Date of death: 18 Aug 1843
Disease (transcribed): Inflamed Kidneys and Bladder.
Disease (standardised): Inflammation (Kidney); Inflammation (Bladder)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 Wright Force, 17, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 Aug 1843
Date of death: 21 Aug 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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
Type of incident: n/a

John Pendrick , 48, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 19 Aug 1843
Date of death: 10 Sep 1843
Disease (transcribed): Scalp wound. Fracture of Pelvis.
Disease (standardised): Wound (Head); Fracture (Pelvis)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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, abdomen and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Basham, 44, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 Jul 1843
Date of death: 11 Sep 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fistula in ano.
Disease (standardised): Rectal fistula (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward. , 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: Abdomen and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

Robert Jones, 48, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 16 Sep 1843
Date of death: 26 Sep 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fractured Patella. Diseased kidneys.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Gook , 56, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Aug 1843
Date of death: 7 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Sloughing ulcer of leg.
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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

George Stacey (Lacey), 17, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Dec 1842
Date of death: 14 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Disease of cervical vertebrae.
Disease (standardised): Disease (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Exterior of body and spine
Type of incident: n/a

Eliza Chandler, 35, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 28 Jun 1843
Date of death: 21 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Diseased knee. Amputation
Disease (standardised): Disease (Leg); Amputation (Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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

John Boswell , 38, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Oct 1843
Date of death: 25 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Diffuse inflammation of leg.
Disease (standardised): Inflammation (Leg)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

James Hindlay, 14, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 14
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 Jul 1843
Date of death: 29 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Scrofulous Disease of Ankle.
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Foot)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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
Type of incident: n/a

Hugh Rielly, 50, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Oct 1843
Date of death: 28 Oct 1843
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of cervical vertebrae.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Spine and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

George Hurst , 33, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Sep 1843
Date of death: 16 Nov 1843
Disease (transcribed): Abscess around Hip. Diseased lungs.
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Hip); Disease (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Legs, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

James Chandler, 31, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Oct 1843
Date of death: 3 Dec 1843
Disease (transcribed): Affection of the Liver.
Disease (standardised): Affection (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs and liver
Type of incident: n/a

William Knott, 35, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Nov 1842
Date of death: 30 Nov 1843
Disease (transcribed): Compound fracture into elbow joint.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Arm)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
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 arms, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

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