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Frederick Ackhurst, 25, Stableman

Occupation or role: Stableman
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Jan 1855
Date of death: 28 Jan 1855
Disease (transcribed): Pleuro Pneumonia. Jaundice
Disease (standardised): Pleuropneumonia (Lung, Pleura); Jaundice (Skin)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Ogle, John William
Medical notes: He dated his illness from the 9th of January when he was seized with pains in the right side of the head followed by shivering. He then had sickness and became yellow all over.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Dawson, 20, Servant

Occupation or role: Servant
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1855
Date of death: 5 Feb 1855
Disease (transcribed): Scrofulous meningitis. Phthisis. Peculiar cysts within vertebral canal formed by arachnoid
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis, Meningeal (Brain); Tuberculosis (Lung); Cysts (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Ogle, John William
Medical notes: This girl had a somewhat strumous appearance, but she was said to have been strong and healthy until she came to London four before admission. She had no definite complaint until six weeks ago when she began to suffer from headache and pains in the centre of the spine.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, spinal column, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Hannah Massey, 50, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 29 Jan 1855
Date of death: 2 Feb 1855
Disease (transcribed): Bronchitis. Emphysema
Disease (standardised): Bronchitis (Lung); Emphysema (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Wilson, James Arthur
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Gray, Henry
Medical notes: This woman had long suffered from an asthmatic cough which was always worse during the cold months. About eight weeks ago the cough became unusually increased, and she then experienced, for the first time, palpitations and shortness of breath.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John McPherson, 52, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 13 Aug 1857
Date of death: 13 Aug 1857
Disease (transcribed): Perforating ulcer of the stomach
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Stomach); Perforation (Stomach)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: This man had been an out patient under Dr Ogle. He had complained of pain in the epigastrium and left hypochondriac region and the case had been treated as one of dyspepsia.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Prosser, 51, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 51
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 29 Dec 1858
Date of death: 3 Jan 1859
Disease (transcribed): Renal dropsy
Disease (standardised): Oedema (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
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

Thomas Rumble, 25, Steward on board P and O Steamer

Occupation or role: Steward on board P and O Steamer
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 13 Apr 1859
Date of death: 19 May 1859
Disease (transcribed): Abscess of the pleura, communicating with the lung, liver and kidney
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Pleura); Abscess (Lung); Abscess (Liver); Abscess (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: Ill health began gradually, commencing with what he called a slight attack of ague.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Henry Allen, 40, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 4 May 1859
Date of death: 20 May 1859
Disease (transcribed): Caries (syphilitic?) of the skull. Pleuropneumonia. ? Pyaemia
Disease (standardised): Caries (Skull); Syphilis (Systemic); Pleuropneumonia (Pleura, Lung); Sepsis (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: Since last January this man had complained of pains in his head, especially on the right side, which were particularly severe at night.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Sarah Betts, 38, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 38
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 13 May 1859
Date of death: 27 May 1859
Disease (transcribed): Ascites. Malignant disease of ovaries and peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Ascites (Abdomen); Cancer (Ovaries); Cancer (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: Eleven months ago she noticed a circumscribed swelling as large as a child’s head in the right iliac region.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen and pelvis
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Cronin, 34, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 8 Jun 1859
Date of death: 20 Jun 1859
Disease (transcribed): Abscess in back. Secondary deposits
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Back); Deposits (Indeterminate)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This patient stated that she had had good health until five months ago when an abscess appeared in the neighbourhood of the loins.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

William P Goward, 43, Baker

Occupation or role: Baker
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Jun 1859
Date of death: 21 Jun 1859
Disease (transcribed): Diseased liver. Ascites. Hydrothorax
Disease (standardised): Disease (Liver); Ascites (Abdomen); Hydrothorax (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: He said that he had been out of health for three or four months, suffering from weakness and cough.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John Gatting, 55, Tailor

Occupation or role: Tailor
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 May 1859
Date of death: 23 Jun 1859
Disease (transcribed): Hypertrophy of heart. Pulmonary apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Haemorrhage (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: The illness was supposed to have commenced with a severe cold caught last November, followed by cough and expectoration.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

John Hackman, 40, Miller

Occupation or role: Miller
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Jun 1859
Date of death: 6 Jul 1859
Disease (transcribed): Ulceration and perforation of the intestines
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Intestines); Perforation (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: Three months previous to admission he began to suffer from frequent attacks of diarrhoea, but he was able to keep on with his work until a fortnight ago when he became so weak that he had to discontinue.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Tapp, 43, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Jul 1859
Date of death: 6 Jul 1859
Disease (transcribed): Disease of heart. Dropsy
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Oedema (Indeterminate)
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 this 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

John Frome, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 12 Jul 1859
Date of death: 12 Jul 1859
Disease (transcribed): Fatty heart. Diseased kidneys. Effusion in ventricles of brain
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Disease (Kidney); Effusion (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This man fell down insensible in Grosvenor Place while carrying a load.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Saker, 33, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 33
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 6 Jul 1859
Date of death: 24 Jul 1859
Disease (transcribed): Albuminuria. Dropsy
Disease (standardised): Albuminuria (Kidney); Oedema (Indeterminate)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
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

John Bagley, 4, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 4
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Apr 1859
Date of death: 7 Aug 1859
Disease (transcribed): Burn of neck. Scarlatinal albuminuria. Convulsions. Empyema
Disease (standardised): Burn (Neck); Scarlet fever (Systemic); Albuminuria (Kidney); Seizures (Brain); Empyema (Pleura)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This child was admitted for a slight burn on the neck, and was recovering from the effects when he caught scarlatina.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Henry Davies, 38, Teacher of music

Occupation or role: Teacher of music
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 31 Aug 1859
Date of death: 9 Sep 1859
Disease (transcribed): Enlarged spleen. Leucocythaemia
Disease (standardised): Enlarged (Spleen); Leukemia (Blood, Bone marrow)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This man had been subject for many years to occasional pains across the epigastrium.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Austin Greenland, 51, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 16 Sep 1859
Date of death: 17 Sep 1859
Disease (transcribed): Oedema glottidis
Disease (standardised): Oedema (Larynx)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: Except for an attack of syphilis nine years ago, this man was said to have had good health until the day of admission when he woke up with extreme difficulty of breathing.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Neck, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Purdon, 43, Domestic servant

Occupation or role: Domestic servant
Age: 43
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 25 Sep 1859
Date of death: 1 Oct 1859
Disease (transcribed): Diphtheria. Ulceration of the intestines
Disease (standardised): Diphtheria (Pharynx); Ulcer (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This patient had suffered from bad health for a long time. She had been seriously ill for a fortnight with sore throat and difficulty of swallowing, with incessant diarrhoea.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Throat
Type of incident: n/a

William Morrison, 43, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1859
Date of death: 26 Jan 1859
Disease (transcribed): Purpura
Disease (standardised): Purpura (Skin)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: When this man was admitted his symptoms were of a doubtful character.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Charles Wyatt, 15, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 15
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Jun 1859
Date of death: 20 Oct 1859
Disease (transcribed): Peritonitis. Empyema (old). Jaundice
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen); Empyema (Pleura); Jaundice (Skin)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: He had suffered for a fortnight from cough and pain in the right side of the chest.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Margaret Tyner, 22, Needleworker

Occupation or role: Needleworker
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Oct 1859
Date of death: 25 Oct 1859
Disease (transcribed): Valvular disease of the heart. Hypertrophy. Pulmonary apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Haemorrhage (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: This woman had a severe attack of rheumatic fever eight years ago. From that time her health remained pretty good until about six months ago when she began to have frequent pain in the praecordial region.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax
Type of incident: n/a

Caroline Leman, 45, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 45
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 14 Sep 1859
Date of death: 4 Nov 1859
Disease (transcribed): Disease of the spinal cord (? Chronic inflammation)
Disease (standardised): Disease (Spine); Inflammation (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: It appeared that she had had disease of the spinal cord gradually progressing for two years.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Spinal cord, thorax, abdomen and pelvis
Type of incident: n/a

Ellen Raven, 21, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 21
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 7 Nov 1859
Date of death: 17 Nov 1859
Disease (transcribed): Fever
Disease (standardised): Fever (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: This woman had been ill seven days before admission. She was first attacked with shivering shortly followed by headache and vomiting.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Peter Skar, 25, Bakery worker

Occupation or role: Bakery worker
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 Nov 1859
Date of death: 26 Nov 1859
Disease (transcribed): Oedema glottidis
Disease (standardised): Oedema (Larynx)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Thomas
Medical notes: On the evening before admission he said he had gone to bed perfectly well. He awoke with pain in his throat.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Throat and thorax
Type of incident: n/a

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