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Edward Powell, 21, Footman

  • Occupation or role: Footman
    Gender: Male
    Age: 21
    Date of admission: 31 Aug 1878
    Date of death: 1 Nov 1878
    Disease (transcribed): Ulceration of intestine – Diarrhoea – (Kidney disease)
    Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Intestines); Diarrhoea (Intestines); Kidney diseases (Kidney);
    Admitting doctor: Dickinson, William Howship
    Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
    PM performed by: Ewart, William
  • Myers, Arthur Thomas
    Medical notes: 'History. No heritable disease in the family. He was in-patient for an 'abscess on the L. [Left] hip' at 8 yrs [years] old. He was subject to epistaxis, and to cardiac pain and palpitation on much exertion. Otherwise there is nothing to remark in the previous history. He was very abstemious. From the beginning of May 1878 he was very weak, and had no appetite: and a slight shiver came over him some 4-5 times a day. Hot sweats occurred frequently at night during May, June and part of July. They ceased about the middle of July, when he went down to Southsea; and simultaneously with their disappearance a slight cough began, commencing as 'a wheezing in the throat' at night, with no catarrh or sore throat accompanying. […] On Aug [August] 27th diarrhoea commenced'
    Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, brain, intestine
    Type of incident: n/a

Ada Venn, 18, General servant

Occupation or role: General servant
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 29 Nov 1880
Date of death: 26 Dec 1880
Disease (transcribed): Acute endocarditis (ulcerative)
Disease (standardised): Endocarditis (Heart); Ulcer (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: Six months ago she began to have pains in nearly all the joints, with redness and swelling. This was followed by dyspnoea on exertion and frequent palpitations.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain and generative organs
Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Hart, 46, Rag-sorter

Occupation or role: Rag-sorter
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Dec 1880
Date of death: 4 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Hypertrophy of right ventricle
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Disease (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No family history of pulmonary disease. He has been of somewhat intemperate habits. Slight morning vomiting. No signs of pulmonary disease until Nov 3 1880 when considerable haemoptysis occurred on exertion, and was operated on 3 subsequent days. He was admitted as inpatient on Nov 13 1880 with slight haemoptysis'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Speck, 31, Valet

Occupation or role: Valet
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Jan 1881
Date of death: 7 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Fever. Enlargement and rupture of spleen
Disease (standardised): Fever (Systemic); Rupture (Spleen)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. Had scarlet fever when a boy. No other definite disorders since. Was taken ill on Dec 31 with some cough & slight shivering fits. Continued to feel ill, & took to bed on Jan 3. Was then in no pain. Bowels regularly open'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Alice Brewer, 74, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 74
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 7 Dec 1880
Date of death: 9 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Left pleuritis. Granular & cystic degeneration of kidneys
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Lungs); Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Evans, Arthur Owen and Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. Was never before laid up with illness. Violent attacks of cough began about a month ago, with copious thick greyish expectoration, & sweating'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

John Gardiner, 47, Porter

Occupation or role: Porter
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 4 Jan 1881
Date of death: 10 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Hypertrophy of the heart. Emphysema
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Emphysema (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Father & one brother said to be gouty. Patient has for several[?] past winters suffered from troublesome cough, with thick greyish & frothy sputa'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Donald McLannon, 64, House porter

Occupation or role: House porter
Age: 64
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Dec 1880
Date of death: 13 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Hypertrophy of the heart
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. Health always good. Never laid up with serious illness. No intemperance. Was taken ill a fortnight ago with epigastric pain, loss of appetite, headache & little sickness, slight cough with frothy expectoration, & dyspnoea'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Fanny Robinson, 48, General servant

Occupation or role: General servant
Age: 48
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 5 Jan 1881
Date of death: 15 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Emphysema. Bronchitis. Hypertrophy of right ventricle
Disease (standardised): Emphysema (Lungs); Bronchitis (Lungs); Disease (Heart)

Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Mother & brother said to have had lung diseases. Patient was for many years subject to winter coughs. During the last 3 years blueness of the face & lips was noticed, together with frequent attacks of palpitations of dyspnoea & occasionally slight swelling about the ankles'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

William Hammond, 41, Painter

Occupation or role: Painter
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 8 Jan 1881
Date of death: 16 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. Has been a 'hard drinker of spirits'. During the 3 past years has been frequently out of health with attacks of rheumatism (?) in the feet & hands, painter's colic, & swelling feet'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

George Wigmore, 41, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 12 Jan 1881
Date of death: 17 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys (cirrhosis)
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys); Cirrhosis (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. Much exposed to wet & cold. Used to drink beer & spirits to excess. Two years ago was suddenly taken ill with rigors & cough, with subsequent swelling of feet & legs'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum

Type of incident: n/a

James Boness, 38, Gas fitter

Occupation or role: Gas fitter
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Jan 1881
Date of death: 19 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys. Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys); Haemorrhage (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No known family diseases. For several past years he had suffered form painful swellings in joints of the toes & fingers, & 2 years ago was laid up for several weeks with a severe attack of rheumatic fever. Was subsequently (more than a year since) injured in the head by a gas explosion. Has been in the habit of taking a glass or two of beer daily. Spirits very seldom. Has for many years looked pale & thin. Married. 4 healthy children'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

George Edney, 44, Carman

Occupation or role: Carman
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Dec 1880
Date of death: 22 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Aneurism of the aorta. Rupture
Disease (standardised): Aneurysm (Aorta); Rupture (Aorta)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No disease known of amongst relations. Ague 29 years ago, never since. Sharp pain in left side, worse with deep breathing, & some cough, 15 years ago. Did not last long. Has for several past years been engaged in heavy lifting work. Used to drink beer to excess for many years. Bowels habitually confined. No syphilis'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, aorta, pleura, bronchi, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys
Illustrations: Yes (see PM/1881/1)
Type of incident: n/a

Alexander Littleboy, 42, Publican

Occupation or role: Publican
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Dec 1880
Date of death: 29 Jan 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cirrhosis
Disease (standardised): Liver cirrhosis (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Harper, Gerald Samuel and Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Father said to have been gouty. No other known family disease. Until 4 years ago patient had always had good health. Was then laid up with bronchitis. About 2 years ago began to feel gnawing pains in hepatic region together with obstinate attacks of constipation […] Had for several years drunk gin to excess. No history of syphilis. Gonorrhoea, more than once'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Charles Goddard, 30, Stableman

Occupation or role: Stableman
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Nov 1879
Date of death: 2 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the spinal cord. Lardaceous disease
Disease (standardised): Softening (Spinal cord); Lardaceous disease (Tissues)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No heritable disease; no previous illness. No history of syphilis, some uncertain existence of secondary symptoms about 3 years ago. Habits very temperate. Oct 20 1879 he began to lose his appetite and to suffer from frontal headache & chilliness. Nov 5 he began to vomit after all food & this continued till Nov 13. He felt weak in the legs Nov 10 and lost power over them completely No 14 and could not pass his urine'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, spinal cord

Type of incident: n/a

Joseph James Wheeler, 38, Blacksmith

Occupation or role: Blacksmith
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 Feb 1881
Date of death: 8 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Intracranial haemorrhage (from injury)
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain); Injury (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'He had a severe fall from a ladder 18 years ago and injured the left side of his head and was laid up for many weeks. No history of paralysis. Ever since then he has been subject to convulsive attacks in which his friends tell him that he shouts & struggles much, but of which he remembers nothing, losing his consciousness before falling'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, cranium, brain, spinal cord

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

Jane Perry, 66, Pew-opener

Occupation or role: Pew-opener
Age: 66
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 29 Jan 1881
Date of death: 12 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Atheroma of arteries. Red softening of one corpus striatum. Granular kidneys (atheroma of heart valves)
Disease (standardised): Plaque, atherosclerotic (Blood vessels); Softening (Brain); Disease (Kidneys)

Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'For the last 10 or 12 winters she has suffered from cough & dyspnoea, seldom sufficient to confine her to bed'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Alice Jane Harp, 14, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 14
Gender: Female
Date of admission: n/a
Date of death: 17 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Lardaceous kidneys (large white)
Disease (standardised): Lardaceous disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte and Cavafy, John
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Her father & some of his family are consumptive. She is one of a family of 11 children, & has never been strong, although never laid up for more than a day or two with definite illness. Much winter hacking cough, spits up a small quantity of grey mucus. For many years she has been subject to attacks of vomiting with diarrhoea coming on after the vomiting has stopped'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines

Type of incident: n/a

Charles Pickard, 42, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Feb 1881
Date of death: 21 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Thrombosis. Congestion of the lungs
Disease (standardised): Thrombosis (Heart); Congestion (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'He could give no history of heritable disease. He had very good health as a boy, joined the 17th Lancers in 1857 at 19, & served with them until 1869. He passed 8 years in India, & had a few attacks of fever without rigors. Joined the army hospital corps at Malta in 1869, leaving in 1879 without any further illness. Throughout these 18 years he had kept to very temperate habits and had not been invalided for more than a week'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, veins, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines

Type of incident: n/a

William McKee, 35, Grocer

Occupation or role: Grocer
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1881
Date of death: 23 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Disseminated sclerosis
Disease (standardised): Sclerosis (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'The patient was first admitted in Jan 5, 1880. His articulation was then too defective to make it possible to learn any particulars of his history. He was a moderately nourished man, rather pale, with red hair and cool, moist skin. The limbs & head trembled violently if he attempted to make any exertion but there was no loss of muscle power'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Skull, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Whelan, 55, Agent

Occupation or role: Agent
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 11 Dec 1880
Date of death: 24 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cirrhosis (atrophic)
Disease (standardised): Cirrhosis
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'For 25 years the patient was a brewer's drayman and after leaving the trade 9 years ago has continued his habits of drinking to excess. Good health until 3 months before admission he noticed enlargement of abdomen, and in about a week it swelled to its present size'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: abdomen, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, lungs, heart

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Finn, 53, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Feb 1881
Date of death: 26 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Thrombosis of the basilar artery. Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Thrombosis (Brain); Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'The patient during his stay in the hospital was unable to speak: a few particulars of his history were gathered from his wife. He has drunk very freely all his life, has had polyuria for many years, no oedema, no vomiting, appetite good. No history of previous acute illness. Three weeks ago he had severe headache & complained of giddiness, and these symptoms have been nearly continuous since'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Robert Elkington, 51, Pipe maker

Occupation or role: Pipe maker
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 Feb 1881
Date of death: 28 Feb 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cirrhosis. Granular kidneys. Fibroid phthisis
Disease (standardised): Liver cirrhosis (Liver); Disease (Kidneys); Tuberculosis (Lungs)

Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'The patient on admission was in a condition of stertorous dyspnoea & half inarticulate drowsiness & could give no account of himself beyond that he had been a very heavy drinker'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Valance, 41, Cook

Occupation or role: Cook
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 20 Oct 1880
Date of death: 2 Mar 1881
Disease (transcribed): Emphysema. Hypertrophy of the right ventricle. Low pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Emphysema (Lungs); Disease (Heart); Pneumonia (Lungs)

Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'In 1878 she had an attack of acute pain over the left lung & was seized with severe cough & shortness of breath. She gives no history of any such symptoms previously, but subsequently has had much dyspnoea, palpitation, & thoracic pain. Profuse night sweating for the last two months, venous congestion of face noticed for a month, oedema of legs & feet for 3 weeks, urine scanty'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Matthew Dobson, 40, Stableman

Occupation or role: Stableman
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Feb 1881
Date of death: 2 Mar 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Not reported here'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: 'Not examined'

Type of incident: n/a

Angus Ferguson, 54, Butler

Occupation or role: Butler
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Feb 1881
Date of death: 3 Mar 1881
Disease (transcribed): Dilated & fatty heart. Emphysematous lungs
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Emphysema (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Has felt himself a strong healthy man until 6 weeks ago. He has drunk about 3 pints beer daily with few excesses. He has never been jaundiced or suffered from morning vomiting or nausea. No polyuria noticed. Appetite hearty. No history of cough, oedema, headache or giddiness. About 6 weeks ago after hard work in moving boxes in a cold place he noticed the legs swollen, no pain: it subsided next morning'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

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