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George Lewis, 65, Chair attendant

Occupation or role: Chair attendant
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Mar 1897
Date of death: 7 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Aortic aneurysm
Disease (standardised): Aneurysm (Aorta)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Medical notes: 'No previous illness. Doubtful history of gout. A brother gouty. While at work on Jan [January] 11th he noticed his breath suddenly 'go', taking some time to recover. Had noticed slight shortness of breath a few days before and complained of a certain 'dull aching of the heart' but never took any notice of it'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

William Keen, 36, Carpenter

Occupation or role: Carpenter
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1897
Date of death: 15 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Large white kidneys and peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Nephritis (Kidney); Peritonitis (Abdomen) ()
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'He had had Rheumatism, and syphilis 16 yrs [years] ago. S.F. [Scarlet Fever]. Father died of 'Cancer'. He had been at home ill with dropsy of legs and stomach for 5 wks [weeks], with puffiness of eyelids – vomiting for some time, no headache, no loss of blood in any way. Passed very little water. Diarrhoea for 3 wks [weeks]. Was a free drinker'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Browning, 43, Hawker?

Occupation or role: Hawker?
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 11 May 1897
Date of death: 14 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Bronchitis
Disease (standardised): Bronchitis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Medical notes: 'Patient was too ill for questioning or prolonged examination. Had been subject to Bronchitis […]. Had been ill a week with shortness of breath and cough – no swelling of legs'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Caroline Finch, 30, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 24 Feb 1897
Date of death: 24 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Large white kidneys: peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Nephritis (Kidney); Peritonitis (Abdomen) ()
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient was subject to oedema[?] as long as she could remember – Three months before admission she began to get short of breath, 8 weeks before she noticed swelling of the legs and belly, and passed bloody water since'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Richard Ayers, 29, Greengrocer

Occupation or role: Greengrocer
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 3 May 1897
Date of death: 29 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Diffuse suppuration of liver
Disease (standardised): Suppuration (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'This patient had been a painter for 6 years, until 16 months before his admission to the Hospital, and has had 3 attacks of head colic, the 1st 2 yrs [years] ago, the last 1 ½ yrs [years] ago. Otherwise he had had good health. There was nothing noteworthy in his family history. His last illness is said to have been of 2 months duration, rather worse during the last 6 wks [weeks], at first he had shooting pains inside which settled about 3 wks [week]s ago in the R. [Right] side, and had been very acute for 8 days before admission, during which time he had laid up. No rigors or vomiting. Bowel constipated, motions white since Apl [April] 29th'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Green, 35, Chair maker

Occupation or role: Chair maker
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 24 May 1897
Date of death: 29 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Diabetes, coma
Disease (standardised): Diabetes mellitus (Pancreas); Diabetic coma (Pancreas) ()
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Medical notes: 'No previous illness of any kind – Severely good health [?] […] Patient came into the hospital complaining of great thirst, and marked change of appetite – The thirst was accompanied by [?] - He had lost much flesh and complained of constipation with occasional dizziness and partial loss of sight. He had no cough or haemoptysis'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Albert Mayhew, 3, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 3
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 May 1897
Date of death: 1 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Thrombosis of cortical veins and sinuses
Disease (standardised): Thrombosis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Strong family history of insanity. Present illness. Quite well the last week in March. Then had a fall, was sick occasionally, complained of pain in the head and was admitted to the Victoria Hospital'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Thomas Rogers, 60, Cabman

Occupation or role: Cabman
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 May 1897
Date of death: 2 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Spheroidal celled carcinoma of stomach
Disease (standardised): Carcinoma (Stomach)
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard and Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient had had Rheumatism 12 years, and Bronchitis 2 yrs [years] ago but had otherwise enjoyed good health. His mother had 'Cancer' and died at Hanwell after an operation there. He complained of pain in the abdomen with vomiting most nights since Mar [March] 9th'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Watson, 32, Carriage washer

Occupation or role: Carriage washer
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 May 1897
Date of death: 31 May 1897
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis and cirrhosis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung); Liver cirrhosis (Liver) ()
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'See medical notes'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'No post mortem examination'

Type of incident: n/a

John Musgrove, 34, Plasterer

Occupation or role: Plasterer
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 May 1897
Date of death: 4 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Large white kidneys and dilated heart
Disease (standardised): Nephritis (Kidney); Dilatation (Heart) ()
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'No previous illness, generally good health, doubtful S.F. [Scarlet Fever] as a child. Nothing definite known of family history. His 'present illness' began 3 wks [weeks] before admission with swelling of legs and face and continuous headache – no cause known. Alcohol moderate'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas White, 32, Footman

Occupation or role: Footman
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 4 Jun 1897
Date of death: 8 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Cardiac dilatation
Disease (standardised): Cardiomyopathy, dilated (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient had had measles, S.F. [Scarlet Fever], variola as a child. Rheumatic Fever 12-13 yrs [yrs] ago, but otherwise had had good health. There was nothing noteworthy in his family history. A week before admission he had pain and stillness in both knees, and vessels of calves. He also noticed that the legs were swollen. Beyond this there was no complaint of anything definite'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Lilian Littlechild, 13, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 13
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 31 May 1897
Date of death: 5 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): General peritonitis. Appendix removed
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen); Appendectomy (Appendix) ()
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'The patient had had no previous illness of any kind, and had always enjoyed good health – nothing noteworthy in family history. Her 'present illness' began suddenly on May 28th with pain all over the abdomen, and she vomited the same evening. The pain remained general over the abdomen until the 30th when it became localised on the Right iliac fossa, and she had a Rigor on same date'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Amy Cockerill, 27, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 3 Jun 1897
Date of death: 5 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Thrombosis of internal iliac vein, embolism of pulmonary artery. Pyopneumothorax
Disease (standardised): Thrombosis (Abdomen); Embolism (Heart); Hydropneumothorax (Pleural cavity) ()
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Ogle, Cyril
Medical notes: 'This patient when seen the day after admission was so extremely ill, suffering acutely from dyspnoea, that any history was of necessity, in the absence of friends, very brief. Physical examination being impossible. She had had a miscarriage (at 5 months) 3 weeks before admission, followed in two days by severe pain in the Right chest. She had severe rigors at first, and lost blood, for a fortnight, after the illness began'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Sharp, 18, Telegraph clerk

Occupation or role: Telegraph clerk
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Jun 1897
Date of death: 10 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Pulmonary embolism and tubercular pleurisy with effusion
Disease (standardised): Pulmonary embolism (Lung); Tuberculosis, pleural (Lung); Pleural effusion (Lung) ()
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Always good health. No severe illness before. Patient felt ill, and shivered on May 27th – next morning he had pain in the left side on coughing. He went as usual to work but was sent home, and remained in bed until admission. On admission patient looked fairly healthy'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Ellen O'Brien, 32, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 31 May 1897
Date of death: 13 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Rupture of aorta into left bronchus
Disease (standardised): Rupture (Aorta)
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient had had S.F. [Scarlet Fever] 4 yrs [years] ago. 'Glands' in the neck, which broke[?] spontaneously 14 yrs [years] ago. No previous haemoptysis. Not subject to winter cough. There was nothing noteworthy in her family history. Her present illness began with pain in the left chest on the 18th […]. She complained of shortness of breath, with slight cough'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax

Type of incident: n/a

Annie Sharp, 15, C. [Children's?] nurse

Occupation or role: C. [Children's?] nurse
Age: 15
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 28 Apr 1897
Date of death: 16 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Ulcerative endocarditis, with cerebral softening
Disease (standardised): Endocarditis (Heart); Ulcer (Heart); Encephalomalacia (Brain) ()
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Nothing known in family history. Patient had had Rheumatism 2 yrs [years] before admission. Present illness. For 5 months she had had several 'bilious attacks' i.e. vomiting without relation to food – headache and pain in the back. These attacks lasted a day as a rule and occurred once a fortnight. Shortness of breath on exertion and constipation'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Cayzer, 41, Fitter

Occupation or role: Fitter
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 29 Mar 1897
Date of death: 21 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient had been subject to frequent attacks of cold[?] 'Rheumatism', but had had no previous illness and generally fair health. There was nothing noteworthy in the family history. […] Present illness. Cough and shortness of breath 4-5 months , but never had any haemoptysis, or haematemesis. He had lost much flesh, and complained of pain all over the chest on exertion'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Louisa Tippen, 30, Parlour maid

Occupation or role: Parlour maid
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 18 Jun 1897
Date of death: 24 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Diabetes coma
Disease (standardised): Diabetic coma (Pancreas)
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'Always ailing, but no previous serious illness, Influenza 2 ½ yrs [years] ago. Family hist [history]: A cousin had 'Diabetes'. Present illness. Immediately after the Influenza she began to suffer with dryness of the throat, with excessive thirst and polyuria'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Eli Barber, 50, Tailor

Occupation or role: Tailor
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1897
Date of death: 28 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Cardiac failure: marked atheroma of aorta and cerebral vessels: some softening of brain tissue
Disease (standardised): Heart failure (Heart); Plaque, atherosclerotic (Aorta); Plaque, atherosclerotic (Brain); Softening (Brain) ()
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Some paresis of Right arm for 2 ½ yrs [years], of gradual onset, speech at first slightly affected. No gout or other serious illness. No gout in family history. Present illness. He complained of swelling of the legs since last January, with shortness of breath – Vomited occasionally, with slight haematemesis a fortnight before admission'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Alice Surridge, 28, Parlour maid

Occupation or role: Parlour maid
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 Jun 1897
Date of death: 29 Jun 1897
Disease (transcribed): Typhoid fever – Haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Typhoid fever (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Medical notes: 'The notes of this case were inadvertently omitted'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Morris, 60, Steward

Occupation or role: Steward
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jun 1897
Date of death: 1 Jul 1897
Disease (transcribed): Sarcoma of the occipital lobe with haemorrhage into the pons
Disease (standardised): Sarcoma (Brain); Haemorrhage (Brain) ()
Admitted under the care of: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'Patient had had no serious illness. Influenza last February, never quite well since. A paternal uncle had suffered from gout, mental weakness on mother's side, was quite well, except for being 'run down' from the Influenza, until 5 wks [weeks] ago when he complained of temporal and occipital headache, the headache did not improve, and a fortnight ago became very acute. Eight days before admission his wife noticed unusual irritability, and slight dropping of his Right shoulder, but there was no paralysis'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Annie Sibine/Sibbine, 22, Factory girl

Occupation or role: Factory girl
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 24 Jun 1897
Date of death: 1 Jul 1897
Disease (transcribed): Acute miliary tuberculosis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis, miliary (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient was laid up for 8 months before last Xmas with something very indefinite, and was attended by the Parish Dr [Doctor]. Nothing in family history. Her illness began 3 wks [weeks] before admission with 'aches and pains all over' and headache. No other complaint of any kind, nor could questioning obtain anything but negative responses – There was no shortness of breath, pain in joints, or Rigors'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Church, 50, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 28 Jun 1897
Date of death: 1 Jul 1897
Disease (transcribed): Acute vegetative endocarditis with pleural effusion and pulmonary oedema
Disease (standardised): Endocarditis (Heart); Pleural effusion (Lung); Oedema (Lung) ()
Admitted under the care of: Penrose, Francis George
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'Patient was admitted with aortic disease and angina – The same night he became suddenly worse and when seen by Med. [Medical] Registrar was too ill for examination'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Amy Sherman, 35, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 35
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 30 Jun 1897
Date of death: 4 Jul 1897
Disease (transcribed): Cyst in cerebral cortex. Recent pregnancy with ruptured vagina
Disease (standardised): Cyst (Brain); Pregnancy (Uterus); Rupture (Vagina) ()
Admitted under the care of: Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'On admission this patient, though not unconscious, was not capable of giving a reliable history – The following is her mother's account. He had had no serious illness before, but about 15 yrs [years] ago, she is said to have 'fits' from the description resembling petit mal, and occurring infrequently'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Ellen Gilbert, 50, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 15 May 1897
Date of death: 7 Jul 1897
Disease (transcribed): Aortic incompetency and dilated aorta
Disease (standardised): Aortic valve insufficiency (Heart); Dilatation (Aorta) ()
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'The patient had had Rheumatic Fever at 18 years of age, and had never been strong. There was nothing noteworthy in her family history. Her present illness began 3 months before admission with shortness of breath and swelling of the legs'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

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