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Post Mortem Examinations and Case Books

  • 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

Anne Cooke, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 Jun 1840
Date of death: 3 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Congestion of pia mater. Softening of brain. Congestion of lungs
Disease (standardised): Congestion (Central nervous system); Softening (Brain); Congestion (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

George Gibson, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Jun 1840
Date of death: 24 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pleuritis. Extensive suppuration about pelvis & spine
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Lungs); Suppuration (Pelvis, spine)
Admitted under the care of: Hawkins, Caesar Henry
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Anne Hilton, 22, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 23 Nov 1840
Date of death: 14 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Pneumo-thorax. Tubercles in peritoneum. Ulcers in intestines
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Pneumothorax (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Peritoneum); Ulcer (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Matthew Walsh, 51, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Nov 1840
Date of death: 3 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Softening of spinal marrow
Disease (standardised): Softening (Spine)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, spinal canal, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Alfred Hipps, 18, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Dec 1840
Date of death: 2 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Inflammation of the membranes of the brain
Disease (standardised): Inflammation (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

John Smith, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Dec 1840
Date of death: 5 Jan 1841
Disease (transcribed): Tubercles, inflammation of the lungs. Fever
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Fever (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

George Howe, 21, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Dec 1840
Date of death: 3 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pleuritis. Tubercular matter in lungs, spleen & kidneys. Ulceration of small intestines
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Lungs, spleen, kidneys); Ulcer (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William James, 47, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Dec 1840
Date of death: 31 Dec 1840
Disease (transcribed): Valvular disease of the heart
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

St George's Hospital Medical School, London

Elizabeth Hughes, 29, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 28 Dec 1840
Date of death: 27 Jun 1841
Disease (transcribed): Bronchitis. Dilated air-cells
Disease (standardised): Bronchitis (Lungs); Sinusitis (Head)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William Geach, 44, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1841
Date of death: 18 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Cirrhosis. Ascites. Haemorrhage in peritoneum after tapping
Disease (standardised): Fibrosis (Liver); Ascites (Abdomen); Bleeding
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'This patient had been twice tapped’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Gee, 38, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Jan 1841
Date of death: 27 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Tubercles in cerebellum, lungs, kidneys, neck & abdomen
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Brain, lungs, kidneys, neck, abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, spinal canal, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Kelly, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 3 Feb 1841
Date of death: 13 May 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pneumonia. Encephaloid disease spreading from breast to chest
Disease (standardised): Pneumonia (Lungs); Encephalitis (Breast, chest)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Jane Bradford, 20, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 16 Feb 1841
Date of death: 17 Feb 1841
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the cerebellum
Disease (standardised): Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, spinal canal, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Richard Want, 31, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1841
Date of death: 16 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Deposition of small tubercles in kidneys
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Bertram Harmer, 46, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1841
Date of death: 27 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Kidneys mottled and granular
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Holmes, 25, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1841
Date of death: 1 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Ulcers of stomach & small intestines. Peculiar deposit in abdomen
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Stomach, Intestines); Deposit (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen, thorax

Type of incident: n/a

Anne Hurst, 60, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1841
Date of death: 23 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of heart. Calcareous deposit in aortic valves
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Calculus (Blood vessels)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

John Nelson, 24, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Mar 1841
Date of death: 1 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Pleuritis. Tubercular matter in lungs & kidneys. Pericarditis adherent
Disease (standardised): Pleurisy (Lungs); Tuberculosis (Lungs, kidneys); Pericarditis (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Macleod, Roderick
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Charlotte Brookes, 52, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 52
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 11 Mar 1841
Date of death: 20 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhous tubercles, skin, liver, sub-peritoneal cellular tissue
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Skin, liver, abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Lowe, 18, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 12 Mar 1841
Date of death: 14 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Dilatation of heart. Partial pericarditis
Disease (standardised): Disease (Heart); Pericarditis (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Smith, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 13 Mar 1841
Date of death: 30 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Secondary inflammations after a puncture wound of the finger
Disease (standardised): Wound (Hand); Inflammation (Hand)
Admitted under the care of: Keate, Robert
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: 'Three weeks previous to the admission of this patient she had pricked the end of her middle finger. Inflammation of the arm etc followed’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, knee-joint, right arm

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Frond, 24, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Mar 1841
Date of death: 22 Mar 1841
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Pneumothorax
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Pneumothorax (Lungs)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Adams, 42, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 42
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Mar 1841
Date of death: 15 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhus of uterus and bladder
Disease (standardised): Scirrhus (Uterus, bladder)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Mary Sayers, [No age stated], [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 25 Mar 1841
Date of death: 2 Apr 1841
Disease (transcribed): Congestion of pia mater, small intestines & uterus etc
Disease (standardised): Congestion (Brain, Intestines, uterus)
Admitted under the care of: Seymour, Edward James
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: n/a
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

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