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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

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

Charles Mason, 61, Clerk

Occupation or role: Clerk
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Mar 1881
Date of death: 30 Mar 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys. Atheroma. Hypertrophy of heart. Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys); Plaque, atherosclerotic (Aorta); Disease (Heart); Haemorrhage (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: 'No history of previous illnesses could be gathered from his relations. He had been in continuous work as a lawyer's clerk until 1pm on March 30 when he put his hand on his head, complaining of acute pain, & fell down unconscious without cry or convulsions. He spoke once or twice about half an hour after the first attack, saying that he felt better but subsequently relapsed with further convulsions into complete coma which soon became stertorous'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, lungs, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Lewis Cox, [No age stated], Gas fitter

Occupation or role: Gas fitter
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 29 Mar 1881
Date of death: 8 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Dilated heart. Granular kidneys. Jaundice (cardiac aneurism)
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Disease (Kidneys); Jaundice (Skin); Aneurysm (Aorta)
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: 'He can give no account of any previous severe diseases, but for the last 7 or 8 years he has felt himself very short of breath, with palpitations and slight pain over the left side of the chest. These symptoms grew sufficient about 3 years ago to prevent his doing any further work; since then he has been living very poorly'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

John Hyland, 48, Paper stainer

Occupation or role: Paper stainer
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 7 Apr 1881
Date of death: 9 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage. Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (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: 'He has been a paper stainer all his life using much lead, arsenic, copper & mercury. He was an in-patient of St George's 24 years ago with colic; he has had none since; no wrist drop. For the last 20 years he has had frequent long attacks of cough and dyspnoea; for the last ten at least much polyuria. He has been a heavy drinker up to 1870 but slightly moderated his excesses since then'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

William Turner, 23, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Apr 1881
Date of death: 11 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Ulcer of the pylorus: occlusion (Granular kidneys)
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Pylorus); Disease (Kidneys)
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 enjoyed very good health up to Jan 1880 when he was attacked with violent and frequent vomiting. The vomita consisted either of the food last taken which was returned as a rule after about an hour or of a large quantity of frothy matter, greenish, yellowish or nearly colourless. No blood noticed in the vomita'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, stomach, duodenum, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Abbey, 39, Tailor

Occupation or role: Tailor
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Dec 1880
Date of death: 14 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Embolism of right middle cerebral artery. Consequent softening
Disease (standardised): Embolism (Brain); Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'His father had three seizures of paralysis & died […] in the last. He has been a man of very temperate habits, & can give no previous history of disease. For the last 3 or 4 months he has felt weak, with some dyspnoea, and epigastric & intestinal[?] 'pain'. Four days before admission he found his left side suddenly paralysed, without losing speech or consciousness'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen

Type of incident: n/a

Catherine Drage, 34, Cook

Occupation or role: Cook
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 31 Mar 1881
Date of death: 15 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'She can give no account of any previous illness. She has had 3 children, of whom 2 died soon after birth; no miscarriages. She has had frequent attacks of vertical headache, mostly at the menstrual periods, which have been regular but very painful. Menstruation began 2 days before admission with unusually severe headache'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Wright, 43, Hall porter

Occupation or role: Hall porter
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 27 Mar 1881
Date of death: 19 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Hypertrophic cirrhosis
Disease (standardised): Cirrhosis
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Turner, George Robertson and Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'He can give no account of previous illness, except that he has been sometimes troubled with haemorrhoids. He has always been a very stout man & has lived freely, though in the last few years he has drunk little spirits. He has held many situations as butler'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum

Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Fuller, 40, Staymaker

Occupation or role: Staymaker
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 29 Mar 1881
Date of death: 20 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Gastric ulcer
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Stomach)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Turner, George Robertson and Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'Since about the age of 18 has had frequent epigastric pain, as a rule increased by food: much vomiting, flatus, constipation & lassitude. About 8 weeks ago the epigastric pain increased considerably, and was constantly aggravated by food & pressure. 6 weeks ago she had her first attack of haematemesis, bringing up about a quart of dark coagulated blood mixed with a little food. Since then she has confined herself to liquid food'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach

Type of incident: n/a

James Scott, 44, Confectioner

Occupation or role: Confectioner
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 13 Apr 1881
Date of death: 21 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical examination performed by: Turner, George Robertson and Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'He had no illnesses as a boy, no scarlet fever. He went to sea at 17 in the East India Company's service; had dysentery in Calcutta at 22 (1859). For a year he describes himself as passing blood & slime nearly every day and for 4 years afterwards was subject to frequent attacks of dysenteric diarrhoea: no such symptoms since then. He has been a very heavy drinker of spirits, especially 1858-1870 when he had much morning vomiting & depression. In 1864 he settled in England as a confectioner. About 1873 he began to be subject to severe headaches with 'blinding pain' generally relieved by vomiting'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, spinal cord, intestines

Type of incident: n/a

Charles Martin, 69, Stableman

Occupation or role: Stableman
Age: 69
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Apr 1881
Date of death: 23 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys. Disease of heart valves (senile changes)
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys, heart); Senility
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Turner, George Robertson and Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'No history of disease in early life: in middle life he had several attacks of rheumatism, felt chiefly in hands & feet and leading to swelling and slight distortion of the joints. He has lived as a stableman in London all his life and has drunk both beer and rum freely. In 1869 he was an in-patient with albuminuria and incompetence of the mitral valves: much cough & free expectoration'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Jane Gilbert, 50, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 50
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 7 Mar 1881
Date of death: 23 Apr 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: Myers, Arthur Thomas
Medical notes: 'She had had rheumatic fever at 23; for the last 20 years has never been in good health, having nearly constant cough with frothy mucous sputa, scanty & difficult to expectorate. For the last 10 years she has had polyuria with urinary dyspeptic troubles. During the last 3 months she has almost completely lost her appetite, the frequency of micturition has increased, and the dyspnoea has kept her in bed'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Frank Genever, 11, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 11
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Apr 1881
Date of death: 23 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Ulcer of the ileum. Perforation. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
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: 'His father died of phthisis 3 years ago; the mother is healthy; the rest of the family healthy except a younger sister who is at home with symptoms similar to his own. He has had measles badly; no scarlet fever; no other disease; no history of cough. A week ago he lost his appetite & had much headache, thirst & vomiting'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum, intestinal tract

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

James Dickson, 48, Coachman

Occupation or role: Coachman
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 19 Apr 1881
Date of death: 29 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Disease of the heart valves. Fibrosis of the kidneys. 'Pulmonary apoplexy'
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Fibrosis (Kidneys); Stroke (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: 'He had a severe attack of rheumatic fever 14 years ago which was treated in St George's Hospital and left his heart valves somewhat injured. Since then there has been no recurrence of rheumatism, or history of any other disease which has incapacitated him from work until Xmas 1880. During these years he has had frequent cough but no haemoptysis; no dyspnoea, oedema, polyuria or dyspeptic troubles. About Christmas 1880 he began to have oppressive dyspnoea with much increase of cough & bronchitic expectoration'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Kate Gleeson, 11, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 11
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 16 Mar 1881
Date of death: 29 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Adherent pericardium. Hypertrophy & dilatation of the heart. Dropsy
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Edema (Systemic)
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: 'Family history healthy. No history of rheumatism or previous illness. Healthy & active as a child. Has had measles & whooping cough; no scarlet fever. Two months ago she is described by her father as having a red patchy rash on her legs, not noticed elsewhere, not accompanied by any considerable pain. She lay in bed for 2 days; she got up to look at the snow storm on Jan 18 & is said to have caught cold'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Liver, lungs, heart, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Esther Tott, 60, Widow

Occupation or role: Widow
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 13 Apr 1881
Date of death: 30 Apr 1881
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhus of the peritoneum & pleurae. Simple ulcer of the stomach
Disease (standardised): Scirrhus (Peritoneum, lungs); Ulcer (Stomach)
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: 'No history of heritable disease. She had lived in health (except for an attack of typhus at 21) & comfort up to 1879 when her strength and appetite somewhat failed and she was troubled with habitual constipation'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, generative organs, peritoneum, pleurae, stomach

Type of incident: n/a

William Smith, 70, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 27 Apr 1881
Date of death: 3 May 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain)
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 has been 10 years a soldier; has married 3 times and had 2 children, both of whom died young. Has drunk heavily for many years. In the last 3 or 4 years he has had much winter cough. On April 21 when laying a carpet he fell over on his right side, no cry or convulsions, loss of consciousness'
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

Elizabeth LeGray, 49, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 49
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 20 Apr 1881
Date of death: 9 May 1881
Disease (transcribed): Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Disease (Kidneys)
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: 'She describes herself as never having been in good health but never having had any severe illness: no scarlet fever. She has had 10 children & 5 miscarriages; has had much flooding and vomiting in her confinements, the last of which was 4 years ago. She has been laid up since then with occasional oedema; has had much vomiting & a bad appetite'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

Benjamin Rofe, 44, Painter

Occupation or role: Painter
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 7 May 1881
Date of death: 10 May 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain)
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 has been a housepainter 30 years. Colic in 1866: no dropped wrist. Syphilis 20 years ago, with secondaries. No polyuria; occasional alcoholic excess; spirits drunk mostly; frequent morning sickness'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

Type of incident: n/a

Edith Campbell, 27, Single

Occupation or role: Single
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 May 1881
Date of death: 17 May 1881
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain)
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: 'Subject to 'Quinsey' when a child: scarlet fever at 14. She was married in 1878 and had a miscarriage in that year & the year following in 1879 her husband died. She has had one bad sore throat since, and has lost much of her hair. Eyesight has grown defective during the last few months. Nine days ago she had convulsions beginning without a cry; she passed urine & faeces involuntarily (and did not recover power over sphincter for 4 days). She foamed at the mouth, but did not bite her tongue'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain

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

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