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William Gannon, 28, [No occupation]

Occupation or role: [No occupation]
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 26 May 1876
Date of death: 4 Feb 1877
Disease (transcribed): Splenic abscess. Multiple abscesses in the brain. Pulmonary tuberculosis.
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Spleen); Abscess (Brain); Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient was transferred from Dr Barclay. For history see Medical register for number 684. The case was taken from Mr Morgan's notes.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum, meninges and brain
Type of incident: n/a

Harry Timbrell, 70, [No occupation]

Occupation or role: [No occupation]
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 24 Nov 1876
Date of death: 6 Aug 1877
Disease (transcribed): Hip disease, excision. Tubercular meningitis with large ventricular effusion.
Disease (standardised): Disease (Hip); Excision (Hip); Tuberculosis, Meningitis (Brain); Effusion (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient was admitted with Disease of the Right Hip of six months standing.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, brain and spinal cord
Type of incident: n/a

Walter Edwards, 7, Schoolboy

Occupation or role: Schoolboy
Age: 7
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 17 Feb 1877
Date of death: 7 Mar 1877
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull. Abscess under scalp. Extravasation and abscess under dura mater. Pneumonia.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Abscess (Scalp); Extravasation (Meninges); Abscess (Meninges); Pneumonia (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient fell 23 feet from a scaffold on to some flagstone.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Brain and lungs
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Joseph Watts, 48, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Feb 1877
Date of death: 20 Feb 1877
Disease (transcribed): Laceration of brain with haemorrhage. Injury to spinal cord.
Disease (standardised): Laceration (Brain); Haemorrhage (Brain); Injury (Spinal Cord)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: This case was not seen by the Registrar as the patient very soon after admission died.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain, spinal column and left thyroid
Type of incident: n/a

Edward Harold, 13, Schoolboy

Occupation or role: Schoolboy
Age: 13
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 Mar 1877
Date of death: 8 July 1877
Disease (transcribed): Hip Disease. Cerebral congestion and meningeal thromboses. Chronic tubular nephritis. Amyloid spleen.
Disease (standardised): Disease (Hip); Congestion (Brain); Thrombosis (Meninges); Nephritis (Kidney); Amyloidosis (Spleen)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient had suffered from abscesses about the left hip since three years of age and since that time always walked lame. A fortnight before admission the patient slipped and fell down, having stepped on some orange peel which caused the abscesses to discharge profusely.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain and cord
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Susan Davis, 76, Widow

Occupation or role: Widow
Age: 76
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 27 Mar 1877
Date of death: 30 Jun 1877
Disease (transcribed): Inguinal hernia, operated. Emphysema. Fatty heart. Granular kidney. Cerebral softening.
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Operation (Abdomen); Emphysema (Lung); Disease (Heart); Disease (Kidney); Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient had had a rupture on both sides for ten years, the one on the left side always partially reducible, that on the right side completely so. Four hours before admission, the rupture on the left side became suddenly longer and very painful. In three hours vomiting set in.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, pericardium, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, intestine, hernia and brain
Type of incident: n/a

Jane Hannal , 60, Pew Opener

Occupation or role: Pew Opener
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 10 May 1877
Date of death: 11 May 1877
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull. Laceration of Brain and haemorrhage. Granular kidneys. Emphysema.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain); Haemorrhage (Brain); Disease (Kidney); Emphysema (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: This patient died a few hours after admission and was not seen by the Registrar.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, cranium, brain, fracture, spinal cord and ribs.
Type of incident: n/a

James Bidwell , 65, Carpenter

Occupation or role: Carpenter
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 May 1877
Date of death: 17 May 1877
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull: laceration of the brain. Pneumonia. Granular Kidney.
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain); Pneumonia (Lung); Disease (Kidney)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient had fallen off a timber cart pitching on his head.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, skull, brain and ribs.
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

James Manning, 43, Potman

Occupation or role: Potman
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 21 May 1877
Date of death: 27 Jun 1877
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull: meningeal haemorrhage: softening of brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Haemorrhage (Meninges); Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient fell off some steps four feet high on to the back of the head.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, meninges, fracture, brain
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Henry Westlake, 38, Waiter

Occupation or role: Waiter
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 27 Jun 1877
Date of death: 30 Jun 1877
Disease (transcribed): Injury to ankle. Delirium Tremens. Cerebral and pulmonary congestion. Granular kidney. Fatty heart.
Disease (standardised): Injury (Ankle); Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium (Brain); Congestion (Brain); Disease (Kidney); Disease (Heart); Congestion (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: On the day before admission the patient was kicked by another man on the right ankle.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain and spinal cord
Type of incident: Homicide/murder

Catherine Fitzgerald, 64, Hawker

Occupation or role: Hawker
Age: 64
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 2 Oct 1877
Date of death: 2 Oct 1877
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of skull. Laceration of brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient was found by a policeman lying on the pavement apparently drunk and was taken to the police station before being admitted to the hospital the following morning.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, skull, brain and uterus
Type of incident: n/a

James Miller, 39, Tailor

Occupation or role: Tailor
Gender: Male
Age: 39
Date of admission: 26 Dec 1877
Date of death: 9 Feb 1878
Disease (transcribed): Disease of knee joint. Congestion of brain and lungs. Syphilitic disease of viscera
Disease (standardised): Disease (Leg); Disease (Brain); Disease (Lung); Syphilis (Systemic);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. This case was originally under Dr Dickinson's care but was transferred to Mr Holmes. For 7 years had suffered at times from acute pain about knees – Five years ago both knees became swollen and very painful. Pain worse at night. Swelling subsided in 5 or 6 months but knees remained contracted. Chancre 15 years ago'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain, knee joint
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Woolcott, 47, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Gender: Female
Age: 47
Date of admission: 29 Dec 1877
Date of death: 21 Jan 1878
Disease (transcribed): Aneurysm of the arch of aorta. Ligature of Int. [Internal] Cephalic division of Int. [Internal] Jugular vein, and of the internal carotid. Unilateral oedema of brain
Disease (standardised): Aneurysm (Aorta); Ligation (Brain); Oedema (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. A year ago began to suffer from palpitations and occasional shortness of breath after any great exertion – Soon afterwards noticed a throbbing lump in front of neck a little of left of middle line just above sternum – Swelling now since slowly increased. Dyspnoea has increased – For 5 months voice has been 'cracked' and she has had much vertigo. For ten months continued cough – Never had Rheumatism – No syphilis – Never exerted herself very violently'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, uterus, brain, aneurysm, ligature
Type of incident: n/a

William Chapman, 58, Scavenger

Occupation or role: Scavenger
Gender: Male
Age: 58
Date of admission: 9 Jan 1878
Date of death: 22 Jan 1878
Disease (transcribed): Cerebral apoplexy. Cirrhosis of liver. Granular kidney
Disease (standardised): Stroke (Brain); Liver cirrhosis (Liver); Nephritis (Kidney);
Admitting doctor: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. This Patient a feeble ill nourished old man was admitted with ulcer of Legs and Bronchitis throughout both lungs – He did fairly well till Jan [January] 21 – On that had an unusually violent attack of laughing and in a few minutes became quite insensible (This happened at 1am). 10am. Patient totally unconscious and apparently completely paralysed'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, intestinal, brain
Type of incident: n/a

Michael Duggin, 52, Stone sawyer

Occupation or role: Stone sawyer
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Date of admission: 24 Jan 1878
Date of death: 29 Jan 1878
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of skull. Intrameningeal haemorrhage. Lobular pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Haemorrhage (Brain, spine); Pneumonia (Lung);
Admitting doctor: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Was run over by a Hansom Cab. Symptoms Jan [January] 24. Insensible – Face pale – Surface cold – Pulse very weak and irregular – Pupils contracted quite inert – Breathing loud and shallow. Lies still – Limbs flaccid. Vomited soon after admission. On Back of right Parietal region an irregular lacerated wound at base of which is exposed bone'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, meninges, brain
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

George James, 55, Printer

Occupation or role: Printer
Gender: Male
Age: 55
Date of admission: 10 Feb 1878
Date of death: 18 Feb 1878
Disease (transcribed): Extensive compound fracture of the skull with depression; wound of dura mater. Meningitis and superficial softening of the brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Wound (Brain); Meningitis (Brain); Softening (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Was struck on head with a bludgeon. Symptoms Feb. [February] 9. Perfectly sensible. Much collapse – Surface cold and clammy – Pulse irregular, feeble, quick. Pupils equal and active – No paralysis – On right anterior Temporal Region a large depressed fracture apparently measuring 2 ½ inch by 3 – Bone much driven in margin of depression abrupt and firm – No extravasation over depression 2 small wounds leading to fracture – From anterior wound a little brain matter came'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Skull, brain, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Thomas Baily, 34, Policeman

Occupation or role: Policeman
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Date of admission: 24 Feb 1878
Date of death: 26 Feb 1878
Disease (transcribed): Traumatic tetanus
Disease (standardised): Tetanus (Central nervous system);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Ten days before admission. Patient received a wound from wheel of a carriage on back of Rt. [Right] Hand. Wound seemed to do well, and was not more painful that [sic than] would have expected from the nature of injury– Evening before admission felt some stiffness at back of neck and soft difficulty in opening mouth. Pain and stiffness increased and extended down back – Had not been exposed to wet, or any sudden change of Temperature'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Limbs, abdomen, blood, spinal cord
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

John Davies, 22, Clerk

Occupation or role: Clerk
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Date of admission: 4 Jun 1878
Date of death: 3 Jul 1878
Disease (transcribed): Secondary chondroma in the brain and the lungs
Disease (standardised): Chondroma (Brain); Chondroma (Lung);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Patient was in Hospital in 1877 and had thigh amputated on account of a Tumour of Tibia (malignant enchondroma) – With exception of a small sore on the stump which never quite healed. Patient remained well till a fortnight before admission (present) – Then noticed that he hesitated in his speech, that right side of face was numb and that there was same loss of power in right arm. Three days ago an attack of giddiness which caused him to fall and bruise end of stump. After that the above symptoms became more marked and dull headache on left side of head came on'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestine, brain
Type of incident: n/a

Emily Inkster, 38, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Gender: Female
Age: 38
Date of admission: 27 Jun 1878
Date of death: 8 Jul 1878
Disease (transcribed): Tetanus from extensive cutaneous burn
Disease (standardised): Tetanus (Central nervous system); Burn (Skin);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Contents of lighted Paraffin lamp were upset over Patient. Symptoms. Much collapse – Cold – Shivering – Both arms, lower extremities and greater part of abdomen red and vesicated – In parts epidermis wanting – In parts skin white and leathery'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, intestine, brain
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

William Bailey, 48, Queen's messenger

Occupation or role: Queen's messenger
Gender: Male
Age: 48
Date of admission: 19 Sep 1878
Date of death: 23 Sep 1878
Disease (transcribed): Delirium tremens
Disease (standardised): Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Whilst drunk fell from a Railway carriage on to Platform. Symptoms Sep [September] 19. A feeble subject – Arteries rigid – Well nourished – Drunk – Pale and sweating – Pulse 80 – Tongue much furred – Pupils active – Epistaxis – Vomited matters containing blood'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

William Ladds, 40, Platelayer

Occupation or role: Platelayer
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Date of admission: 12 Oct 1878
Date of death: 10 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Traumatic tetanus. Pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Tetanus (Central nervous system); Pneumonia (Lung);
Admitting doctor: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. 3 wks [weeks] before admission crushed little finger of Rt. [Right] hand – Attended as an O.P. [Out-patient] – Was last seen as such a week before admission and was then doing well. 5 days before admission crampy pain in left side and some stiffness in back of neck – Jaw also became stiff and 3 days mouth could not be opened – About same time spasm and aching of back – 2 days before admission spasms 5 or 6 per hours, since that have been diminishing in frequency and violence – When spasms first commenced some shooting pain from wound up to axilla which passed off in an hour'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Wound, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain, spinal cord
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Francis Kelly, 27, Railway guard

Occupation or role: Railway guard
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Date of admission: 20 Oct 1878
Date of death: 29 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Severe head injury, (trephining), encephalitis, hernia cerebri
Disease (standardised): Injury (Head); Trephining (Skull); Encephalitis (Brain); Hernia (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Not known – Was found lying senseless on Railway. Symptoms Oct [October] 19. Unconscious – Breathing stertorous – Divergent strabismus. Right facial paralysis. Over left fronto-parietal region compd [compacted] depressed fracture. Piece of lime 2x2 completely driven in'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, cerebral membranes, spinal membranes, brain, choroid plexus, skull, spinal cord
Type of incident: Trauma/accident?

Joseph Coulson, 32, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Date of admission: 30 Oct 1878
Date of death: 6 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Traumatic tetanus
Disease (standardised): Tetanus (Central nervous system);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'Oct [October] 30. Patient was admitted with compound dislocation and fracture into ankle joint – A large ragged contused wound at under side of joint through which tibia and fibula projected. Dislocation was reduced under Ether, the wound dressed antiseptically and the joint placed in a fracture box. Patient did well till Nov [November] 4 up to which time he suffered less pain that might have been expected considering the severity of the injury. On the date (Nov [November] 4) after a restless night complained of some stiffness about neck and some difficulty in swallowing – Masseter a little hard – Apparent spasm when swallowing. Pulse quiet – Temp [Temperature] 102.8'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, brain, spinal cord, fracture
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Jacob Springett, 66, Jockey

Occupation or role: Jockey
Gender: Male
Age: 66
Date of admission: 12 Nov 1878
Date of death: 14 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull. Laceration of brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Fell whilst drunk down 3 or 4 steps and alighted on back of head. 15 hours before admission – Immediately afterwards is stated to have been paralysed and to have vomited blood'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, brain
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Emily Perriman, 18 months, Stonemaker

Occupation or role: Stonemaker
Gender: Female
Age: 18 months
Date of admission: 29 Nov 1878
Date of death: 4 Dec 1878
Disease (transcribed): Cutaneous burn. Congestion of the lungs and brain
Disease (standardised): Burn (Skin); Congestion (Lung); Congeestion (Brain);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Not known – Child was found with its clothes on fire'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, uterus, brain
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: Trauma/accident?

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