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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

Rare Books

  • GB 406 RB
  • Collection
  • 1532-1994

Collection of rare books accumulated by the medical school library when it was originally located at Hyde Park Corner, in central London. Also contains books collected by the medical school library when it relocated in 1976 to Tooting, London.

St George's Hospital Medical School, London

William Cranbrook, 53, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Apr 1846
Date of death: 23 Apr 1846
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Miliary tubercles. Ulceration of intestines.
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Ulcer (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Wilson, James Arthur
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Pollock, George
Medical notes: This patient reported that he had been ill about six months, suffering almost constantly from diarrhoea with gradual wasting and extreme debility. His illness began with a fistula in ano.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Alfred Tanner, 16 months, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 16 months
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Apr 1860
Date of death: 9 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Acute bronchitis
Disease (standardised): Bronchitis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'As the body was not examined, this case is not given’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'The body was not examined’

Type of incident: n/a

James Halfhide, 37, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 12 Apr 1868
Date of death: 13 Apr 1868
Disease (transcribed): Apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Thompson, Reginald Edward
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This patient was picked up in the streets insensible. It was reported that he had lost his sight during a voyage from India.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

James Hartly, 50, Waiter

Occupation or role: Waiter
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 9 Mar 1859
Date of death: 3 May 1859
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: He had long had cough, but his health remained pretty good until six weeks before admission when he caught cold by sleeping in a damp bed.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, larynx and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Turner, 68, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 68
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 16 Apr 1845
Date of death: 16 Apr 1845
Disease (transcribed): Old adhesions. Partial, lobular grey hepatisation of the apices of both lungs. Dilatation with thinning of the left ventricle. Slight thickening of the valves on the left side, with atheroma in aorta. Gall stones. Granular kidneys. Fibrous tumours in uterus
Disease (standardised): Hepatisation (Lungs); Disease (Heart); Plaque, atherosclerotic (Aorta); Gallstone (Gall bladder); Disease (Kidneys); Tumour (Uterus)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward and Macleod, Roderick
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'This patient was admitted for inflammation of the eye, but immediately transferred to the care of the physician. When the physician saw her, she was in a dying condition, unable to give a distinct account of herself and unfit to undergo any examination. She died in the course of the evening’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Catherine Weller, 31, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 31
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 14 Apr 1847
Date of death: 21 Apr 1847
Disease (transcribed): Anasarca. Disease (hypertrophy) of the heart? Mottled kidneys?
Disease (standardised): Oedema (Indeterminate); Disease (Heart); Disease (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Pollock, George
Medical notes: The body of the patient having been removed without examination, no history of the case is recorded.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: The body was not examined at the request of friends
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Robinson, 32, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 13 Apr 1847
Date of death: 20 Apr 1847
Disease (transcribed): Recent pleurisy. Vomicae and tubercles of both lungs with pneumonia and condensation of pulmonary structure. Oedema of leg and thigh with inflammation of femoral and other veins.
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Pleura); Tuberculosis (Lung); Oedema (Leg); Inflammation (Veins); Pneumonia (Lung); Disease (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Nairne, Robert
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Pollock, George
Medical notes: This patient was admitted in the last stage of Phthisis Pulmonalis.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen and right lower extremity
Type of incident: n/a

Henry Leonard, 33, Valet

Occupation or role: Valet
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1857
Date of death: 30 Apr 1857
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Compressed and condensed lung. Displaced heart. Peritonitis. Enlarged liver. Diseased kidneys. Ulceration of the large intestine
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Disease (Lung); Displaced (Heart); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Enlarged (Liver); Disease (Kidney);Ulcer (Intestines) ;
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Rogers, George Goddard
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: For six years he had suffered at times from cough and more than once from slight haemoptysis.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen and larynx
Type of incident: n/a

Susannah Sharwood, 19, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 19
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1858
Date of death: 18 Apr 1858
Disease (transcribed): Bronchitis. Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Bronchitis (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'As the body was not examined the case is not given’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'The body was not examined'

Type of incident: n/a

Emily Husband, 15 months, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 15 months
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 11 Apr 1868
Date of death: 12 Apr 1868
Disease (transcribed): Croup
Disease (standardised): Croup (Larynx)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Thompson, Reginald Edward
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This child was attacked wit symptoms of croup.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Richard Ireson, 46, Stone mason

Occupation or role: Stone mason
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1869
Date of death: 20 Mar 1869
Disease (transcribed): Morbus cordis. Morbus brightii
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Disease (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Thompson, Reginald Edward
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This man was accustomed to drink considerable quantities of beer. He was first attacked with rheumatism three years before admission.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

William Landy, 50, Valet

Occupation or role: Valet
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 24 Feb 1864
Date of death: 7 Apr 1864
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'This man, of fresh complexion, having a somewhat strumous aspect, was at first under the care of the surgeons for an abscess near the rectum in March of 1863, and was transferred to Dr Pitman [Henry Pitman] in June of that year in consequence of cough’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Chest, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

John Macklin, 48, Upholsterer

Occupation or role: Upholsterer
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1861
Date of death: 8 Apr 1861
Disease (transcribed): Emphysema of lungs. Bronchitis. Diarrhoea
Disease (standardised): Emphysema (Lung); Bronchitis (Lung); Diarrhoea (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: This man, who had known better days, had been of most drunken habits. He had never had any symptoms of asthma or any pulmonary complaint, until his last illness. At 11 o’clock on the morning of admission he was seized with diarrhoea, and was at once brought to the hospital.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John Ruddock, 38, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 24 Feb 1864
Date of death: 5 Apr 1864
Disease (transcribed): Granular disease of kidneys
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Bagshawe, Frederic
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'The patient was a well grown man with a renous complexion, admitted with severe dyspnoea compelling him to lean forward with his head over his knees. He had been ill about four months so as to be forced now and then to lay up for a day or two’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Chest, pericardium & heart, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William Bird, 48, Cab driver

Occupation or role: Cab driver
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1868
Date of death: 10 Apr 1868
Disease (transcribed): Encephaloid deposit in kidneys, lungs and lumbar glands
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Kidney); Cancer (Lung); Cancer (Lymph nodes)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Thompson, Reginald Edward
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: This man had been ill for four months with pains called ‘Rheumatic’ and some cough.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Rose Petter, 55, Ladysmaid

Occupation or role: Ladysmaid
Age: 55
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 23 Mar 1863
Date of death: 12 Apr 1863
Disease (transcribed): Malignant disease of peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Harvey, Edward Robinson
Post mortem examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical notes: A French woman who stated that three months before admission she had observed an enlargement in the lower portion of the abdomen.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Chest and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Amelia Blake, 45, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 45
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 5 Mar 1873
Date of death: 21 Apr 1873
Disease (transcribed): Diabetes mellitus
Disease (standardised): Diabetes mellitus (Pancreas)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: Not reported here
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Not examined
Type of incident: n/a

George Goodwin, 25, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 28 Mar 1845
Date of death: 13 Apr 1845
Disease (transcribed): Kidneys mottled and granular. Brain wet. Fluid in pleurae. Pneumonia. Pericarditis. Hypertrophy of left ventricle. No anasarca
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys); Disease (Brain, Lungs); Pneumonia (Lungs); Pericarditis (Heart); Disease (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Nairne, Robert
Medical examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Post mortem examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Medical notes: 'This patient could give but an imperfect account of his case. It appeared however from the evidence of the friends that he had been under treatment during the last two or three months for pain in the loins, for which he had been cupped. That he had never had dropsy. That the day before, and on the morning of admission, he had had fits, during which he was violently convulsed, foamed at the mouth, and bit his tongue severely’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

John Appleton, 29, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Apr 1846
Date of death: 20 Apr 1846
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis Pulmonalis. Pleurisy
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Pleurisy (Pleura)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Medical notes: As the body was removed without 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

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

Edward Parker, 30, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 31 Mar 1847
Date of death: 08 Apr 1847
Disease (transcribed): Acute pleurisy with pneumonia. Red and grey hepatisation of the lung. Kidneys rather large and granular.
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Pleura); Pneumonia (Lung); Disease (Lung); Disease (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Wilson, James Arthur
Medical examination performed by: Fuller, Henry William
Post mortem examination performed by: Wilson, James Arthur
Medical notes: This patient was taken three days before admission with severe rigors, headache, vertigo, and vomiting, accompanied by general pains in the limbs, and by great muscular depression.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

William Sheeney, 58, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1868
Date of death: 9 Apr 1868
Disease (transcribed): Pyaemia.
Disease (standardised): Sepsis (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Thompson, Reginald Edward
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This man had been ill six weeks before admission. He got wet through and was seized with cough, rigors, pain across the back and loins and swelling of the legs followed.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

William Snewin, 60, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1860
Date of death: 2 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the brain
Disease (standardised): Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'This man had been a clerk. He followed his occupation as usual until two days before admission, when on returning he found that he was ill and unable to talk without difficulty. Next day his features gradually became drawn to one side’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

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