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Elizabeth Denton, 13, Child

Occupation or role: Child
Age: 13
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 11 Apr 1864
Date of death: 17 Apr 1864
Disease (transcribed): Tubercular meningitis
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'The patient was a well grown, healthy-looking girl. On her admission she had been ill a week, rigors, vomiting, vertigo and what she called sick headache being the main symptoms. She had not entirely kept her bed but used to get up for dinner’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, chest, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Eliza Whelbourne, 47, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 47
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 6 Apr 1864
Date of death: 21 Apr 1864
Disease (transcribed): Congestion of brain. Bronchitis
Disease (standardised): Congestion (Brain); Bronchitis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'This patient was a miserable creature of feeble intellect deformed by curvature of the dorsal spine. She complained of a number of indefinite symptoms as general numbness with weakness of the upper extremities, occasional incontinence of urine, headache and a general sense of throbbing’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, chest, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Edward Perryman, 28, Firewood cutter

Occupation or role: Firewood cutter
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Apr 1860
Date of death: 22 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Meningitis. Phthisis
Disease (standardised): Meningitis (Brain); Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Bence Jones, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'A firewood cutter of exceedingly drunken habits. From the account obtained from his wife, it appeared that he was taken ill on the 9th of April, having been continuously intoxicated for the previous week. He was seized with pains in the head and aching in the thighs’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis

Type of incident: n/a

Charles Ely, 34, Brewhouse labourer

Occupation or role: Brewhouse labourer
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Feb 1860
Date of death: 23 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the brain. Gangrene. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Softening (Brain); Gangrene; Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Cutler, Edward
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship and Rouse, James
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'A brewhouse labourer. In the habit of drinking freely, according to his own admission 5 pints a day. He was said to have had epileptic fits latterly, but it was not learned how long he had been so affected. He attributed his illness to a lump of coal falling upon the lower part of his back 7 weeks ago’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Arnott, 34, Dockyard labourer

Occupation or role: Dockyard labourer
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Apr 1860
Date of death: 26 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Meningitis
Disease (standardised): Meningitis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'This man was deposited in the hospital by his wife and immediately left, no clue was obtained during his life as to the nature of the preceding symptoms. He was delirious and rapidly becoming comatose [….] He had been a labourer in Woolwich Dockyard. On the 22nd of March while at work, some sand bags weighing 30lb fell upon his head from a height of 20 feet, and knocked him down’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Michael Cannon, 70, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 Apr 1864
Date of death: 5 May 1864
Disease (transcribed): Excision of eye. Arachnitis
Disease (standardised): Arachnoiditis (Brain); Excision (Eye)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Braine, Francis Woodhouse
Medical notes: 'In the early part of December 1863, received a blow from a fist on the left eye, the ball of which was ruptured and the contents escaped; the wound healed kindly under treatment, but in a few weeks the vision of the remaining eye became much impaired’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, chest, abdomen

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

William Emery, 49, Plasterer

Occupation or role: Plasterer
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 28 Apr 1860
Date of death: 29 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'A plasterer. He had been pretty well, and at work, all day. In the evening he went to a public house and drank, as was stated, only two glasses of ale. Walking home he staggered and could not have got along, had not his friends supported him. He complained, at the same time, that he could not see. He was at once brought to the hospital and was then perfectly coherent and sensible, but appeared to have no power in his legs’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium

Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Knight, 61, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Apr 1864
Date of death: 8 May 1864
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of skull. Deep wound of brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Wound (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Braine, Francis Woodhouse
Medical notes: 'On the 22nd of April while engaged in blasting some earth, the powder he was using suddenly exploded, and blew a quantity of stones and dirt up into his face
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head (‘no other part of the body was examined’)

Type of incident: Trauma / accident

Charlotte Zouche, 63, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 63
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 18 Apr 1860
Date of death: 30 Apr 1860
Disease (transcribed): Phthisis. Hypertrophy of cranium. Meningeal apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Lungs); Disease (Brain); Stroke (Brain)
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 patient came into the house with cough, expectoration and other symptoms of phthisis which she had had for 4 months. She took cascarilla with ipecacuan, and wine, and her case did not attract much attention until the 25th when she suddenly lost her power of distinct speech. She looked intelligent and appeared to understand all that was said to her’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, neck

Type of incident: n/a

William Cook, 54, Porter

Occupation or role: Porter
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 May 1864
Date of death: 7 May 1864
Disease (transcribed): Apoplexy. Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Brain); Disease (Kidneys)
Admitted under the care of: Page, William Emanuel
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'This man was brought to the hospital perfectly unconscious and died the following day. He had been seized with a fit the same morning, while at his occupation and in his usual health’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, chest, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Alfred Culverwell, 7, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 7
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 25 Apr 1860
Date of death: 6 May 1860
Disease (transcribed): Strumous meningitis
Disease (standardised): Meningitis (Brain); Tuberculosis
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'This child, who had long eyelashes and light hair and was of obviously tubercular aspect, became a surgeon’s patient for stiffness of neck Feb 29th, and on the 10th of the following month was transferred to the physicians. He had been under-fed, complained of pain in the belly, and stiffness of the neck, and pains about the occiput’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Henry Croft, 34, Footman

Occupation or role: Footman
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 5 May 1860
Date of death: 8 May 1860
Disease (transcribed): Softening of spinal chord & brain
Disease (standardised): Softening (Spinal cord, brain)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'A footman. He was said to have been ill for only a week, suffering especially from pain in the back, which had been attributed to an injury received while lifting a piano a fortnight ago’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Spine, cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Archibald Borrie, [No age stated], Carpenter

Occupation or role: Carpenter
Age: [No age stated]
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Nov 1859
Date of death: 17 Jan 1860
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the brain. Pleurisy. Lobular pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Softening (Brain); Pleurisy (Lungs); Pneumonia (Lungs)
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 was a carpenter, his was of robust aspect and temperate habits. He had enjoyed vigorous health until within a fortnight of his admission’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium., thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William Sirett, 2 ½, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 2 ½
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Apr 1891
Date of death: 19 Apr 1891
Disease (transcribed): Otitis media. Meningitis
Disease (standardised): Otitis media (Ear); Meningitis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Post mortem examination performed by: Fyffe, William Kington
Medical notes: 'The patient, a pale, ill-nourished child, was admitted on the evening of the 17th. The mother stated that from birth it had always been weakly & ailing. It had suffered on two previous occasions from otorrhea. The present illness began with otorrhea of a weeks' duration'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, head, spinal cord

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

Ann Brown, 17, Nursery maid

Occupation or role: Nursery maid
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 30 Apr 1860
Date of death: 17 May 1860
Disease (transcribed): Meningitis
Disease (standardised): Meningitis (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pitman, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'A nursery maid. Subject from her earliest years to pain in the head, this was relieved, during her childhood, by occasional bleeding’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen, pelvis

Type of incident: n/a

John Underkill, 50, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 16 May 1860
Date of death: 24 May 1860
Disease (transcribed): Softening of the brain
Disease (standardised): Softening (Brain)
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, who had had pretty good health, except that during the preceding 6 years he had suffered much from carbuncles, became a patient on Mar 15, under Dr Page [William Page]. He then had the symptoms of not very severe pleurisy, sharp pain and dullness at the lower portion of the right lung, and a slight dry cough’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

Rebecca Jagger, 53, Laundress

Occupation or role: Laundress
Age: 53
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 24 Apr 1888
Date of death: 25 Apr 1888
Disease (transcribed): Hemorrhage into the right optic thalamus and bursting into ventricles of the brain. Also hemorrhage into the pons
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The only history which could be obtained was that at 5pm on April 24th she became faint and giddy. At 6:30 her speech was unintelligible. She became unconscious. She came into St George’s at 9pm’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, lungs, abdomen, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, uterus, bladder

Type of incident: n/a

Jane Manning, 66, [Occupation not stated]

Occupation or role: [Occupation not stated]
Age: 66
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 11 Jan 1860
Date of death: 17 Jan 1860
Disease (transcribed): Apoplexy
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Fuller, Henry William
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Holmes, Timothy
Medical notes: 'Four days before her admission, having previously been perfectly well, this old woman gradually became drowsy, without any headache. The [illness] came on in the afternoon, in the evening she fell off her chair in a state of complete insensibility. She was bled by a doctor who was called in, but did not experience any return of consciousness’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium., thorax, abdomen

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

Mark Clewer, 36, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 23 Apr 1888
Date of death: 25 Apr 1888
Disease (transcribed): Thickened and adherent dura mater to a hard, yellow mass in right hemisphere. Softening of brain in neighbourhood. Gummata in liver
Disease (standardised): Disease (Brain); Softening (Brain); Disease (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The patient said that 7 or 8 years before his admission he had an attack of acute rheumatism, when he spent about a fortnight in bed, and was more or less ill for 5 or 6 weeks. Five months before he came in he had pains in his shoulders and elbows, and was laid up in bed for 5 or 6 weeks’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, thorax, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, testes

Type of incident: n/a

Alfred Tubbs, 1 ½, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 1 ½
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 May 1881
Date of death: 11 May 1881
Disease (transcribed): Tuberculosis of the meninges, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Brain, lungs, spleen, liver, 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: 'The family history is healthy both on father's & mother's side. The child has been suckled up to admission but has also had lately portions of its parents' food: no habitual cough. Three months ago it began to have whooping cough from which it has only just recovered. About May 1 its appetite completely failed, it became very restless at night and screamed occasionally violently'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain, lungs, spleen, liver, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

William Bullock, 30, Helper

Occupation or role: Helper
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 31 May 1864
Date of death: 2 Jun 1864
Disease (transcribed): Meningitis. Symptoms of delirium tremens
Disease (standardised): Meningitis (Brain); Alcohol withdrawal delirium (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Barclay, Andrew Whyte
Medical examination performed by: Dickinson, William Howship
Post mortem examination performed by: Sturges, Octavius
Medical notes: 'The patient was a man of large frame and red, bloated face, who had long been addicted to habits of intemperance. He had been under treatment for delirium tremens on several occasions, and once at the hospital for jaundice’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, chest, abdomen

Type of incident: n/a

William Keen, 66, Pensioner

Occupation or role: Pensioner
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 May 1887
Date of death: 21 May 1887
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral haemorrhage. Granular kidneys
Disease (standardised): Haemorrhage (Brain); Disease (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Slater, Charles
Post mortem examination performed by: Dickinson, William Lee
Medical notes: 'The patient was a painter who had had lead colic, 3 attacks of gout & 7 years previously left hemiplegia from which he almost completely recovered'

Illustrations: No
Type of incident: n/a

Edward Isaac, 27, Greengrocer

Occupation or role: Greengrocer
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Apr 1888
Date of death: 4 May 1888
Disease (transcribed): Pneumonia of lower lobe of the left lung (delirium tremens)
Disease (standardised): Pneumonia (Lungs); Alcohol withdrawal delirium (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Penrose, Francis George
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: 'The man said he had had no previous illness except measles when he was a child. When he came in he said he did not take more than 3 half pints of beer daily; but he afterwards admitted that ‘he was not such a f[?] as to decline drinks when they were offered him’. A sister of his said that he drank much beer but did not get drunk’
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Body parts examined: Brain, thorax, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys

Type of incident: n/a

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