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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

Charles Saunders, 49, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 May 1841
Date of death: 28 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs)
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: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Carter, 35, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1845
Date of death: 12 Apr 1845
Disease (transcribed): n/a
Disease (standardised):

Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'As there was no examination, no history of the case is given’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'The body was not examined, at the request of the friends’

Type of incident: n/a

William Skelton, 48, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Nov 1842
Date of death: 18 Dec 1842
Disease (transcribed): Open foramen ovale. Pericarditis. Hypertrophy and dilatation of Heart. Liver and kidneys granular.
Disease (standardised): Foramen ovale, patent (Heart); Pericarditis (Heart); Hypertrophy (Heart); Dilatation (Heart); Granular (Liver, Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Edward Gee, 38, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1841
Date of death: 27 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Tubercles in cerebellum, lungs, kidneys, neck & abdomen
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Brain, lungs, kidneys, neck, abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Cranium, spinal canal, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William Birch, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 Apr 1841
Date of death: 22 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Ulceration of small intestines. Kidneys mottled & granular
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Ulcer (Intestines); Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Wilson, James Arthur
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

John Clark , 35, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1843
Date of death: 12 Mar 1843
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis.
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Head, chest, heart and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

William Brain , 42, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 9 May 1843
Date of death: 11 May 1843
Disease (transcribed): Pleuritis
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Pleura)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Head, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

William Geach, 44, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1841
Date of death: 18 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Cirrhosis. Ascites. Haemorrhage in peritoneum after tapping
Disease (standardised): Fibrosis (Liver); Ascites (Abdomen); Bleeding
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'This patient had been twice tapped’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Roberts, 48, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 48
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1845
Date of death: 6 Apr 1845
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhus of the uterus?
Disease (standardised): Scirrhus (Uterus)

Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'No history in consequence of the removal of the body without examination’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'The body was not examined, at the earnest request of the friends’

Type of incident: n/a

Rebecca Mapp, 78, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 78
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 May 1841
Date of death: 17 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pleuritis. Pneumonia. Arachnitis
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Lungs); Pneumonia (Lungs); Arachnoiditis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

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

Sarah McLuid, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 23 Nov 1842
Date of death: 18 Dec 1842
Disease (transcribed): Ulcer of stomach producing abscess in right hypochondrium voided by ulceration into bronchi
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Stomach); Abscess (Abdomen); Ulcer (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Catherine Collins, 40, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1845
Date of death: 4 Apr 1845
Disease (transcribed): Pneumonia. Phthisis?
Disease (standardised): Pneumonia (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Lungs)

Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'No history as there was no examination’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'The body was removed before it could be examined’

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Stout, 22, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 4 Mar 1846
Date of death: 11 Apr 1846
Disease (transcribed): Enormous dilatation and hypertrophy of the heart with disease of the valves. Pulmonary apoplexy and red hepatisation
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Haemorrhage (Lung); Disease (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Medical notes: This patient was admitted labouring under ascites with anasarca, and violent palpitation of the heart.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Geary, 18, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Feb 1846
Date of death: 10 Apr 1846
Disease (transcribed): Encephaloid tumour in post-peritoneal cellular tissue. Red hepatisation of lungs. Encephaloid disease of mediastinal glands.
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Abdomen); Disease (Lung); Cancer (Lymph nodes)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Medical notes: This patient stated that for last three or four months she had been gradually losing her health and strength without any very obvious cause.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

John Loach , 35, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 12 Apr 1843
Date of death: 3 May 1843
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Pneumothorax.
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Pneumothorax (Pleura)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen and head
Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Day, 36, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 36
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 24 Apr 1841
Date of death: 4 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of left ventricle. Softening of heart
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Softening (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

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: n/a
Disease (transcribed): Peritonitis. Malignant disease of Peritoneum. Mucous polyps.
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen); Malignancy (Abdomen); Polyps (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

James Millward, 70, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 3 May 1841
Date of death: 3 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dislocation of thigh directly upwards. Fracture of opposite thigh and rib cage
Disease (standardised): Dislocation (Thigh); Fracture (Thigh, ribs)
Admitted under the care of: Walker, Robert Benjamin
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'The patient died a short time after his admission into the hospital’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thigh

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

Jane Brooks, 36, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 36
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 12 Apr 1843
Date of death: 20 Apr 1843
Disease (transcribed): Diseased Heart. Inflammation of Lungs.
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Inflammation (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: This patient had miscarried shortly before her death.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John Smith, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Dec 1840
Date of death: 5 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Tubercles, inflammation of the lungs. Fever
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Fever (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

James Wooley, 34, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Jan 1845
Date of death: 30 Mar 1845
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis, with tubercular ulceration and perforation of the small intestine with effusion into the peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Ulcer (Intestines); Effusion (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'This patient was admitted complaining of pain in the abdomen accompanied by diarrhoea, which had continued more or less during the whole of the last year. In answer to our questions, he stated that his wife and 7 children had all died of consumption, and that he himself had been annoyed by constant cough & profuse expectoration during a period of 2 months’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Kersey, 27, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Apr 1841
Date of death: 25 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of heart. Disease and rupture of one aortic valve
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart, blood vessels)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Anne Hurst, 60, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1841
Date of death: 23 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of heart. Calcareous deposit in aortic valves
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Calculus (Blood vessels)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, 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: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

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