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Bennett, William Henry Digestive system diseases
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Charlotte Knaggs, 67, [No occupation]

  • Occupation or role: [No occupation]
    Age: 67
    Gender: Female
    Date of admission: 23 Jan 1877
    Date of death: 26 Jan 1877
    Disease (transcribed): Femoral hernia; operation; peritonitis. Fatty and dilated heart
    Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Operation (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Disease (Heart)
    Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
    Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
    Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
  • Owen, Herbert Isambard
    Medical notes: Four days before admission the patient noticed a pain in the left groin and found a swelling. The same day vomiting came on.
    Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and abdomen. The post mortem was taken from Dr Owens notes
    Type of incident: n/a

Henry West, 55, Stud Groom

Occupation or role: Stud Groom
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 Mar 1877
Date of death: 20 Apr 1877
Disease (transcribed): Scirrhus of Rectum. Colotomy. Peritonitis. Catarrhal pneumonia. Secondary cancerous deposits.
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Intestines); Operation (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Pneumonia (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: In August last, the patient first noticed difficulty in passing motions and pain. He had been losing flesh.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum, rectum, colon and urethra.
Type of incident: n/a

William Harris, 19, Shopman

Occupation or role: Shopman
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1877
Date of death: 4 Apr 1877
Disease (transcribed): Hernia (operation). Perforation of the bowel. Peritonitis.
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Operation (Abdomen); Perforation (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
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 had had a rupture on the right side since he was four years old which had previously always been reduced with ease until the day of admission when it became larger and painful. The right testicle had never descended into the scrotum.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, peritoneum and right testicle. The post mortem was from Mr Golding Collet's notes.
Type of incident: n/a

George White, 19, Carriage examiner

Occupation or role: Carriage examiner
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 2 May 1877
Date of death: 14 May 1877
Disease (transcribed): Retroperitoneal rupture of Duodenum. Subsequent rupture of peritoneum. Peritonitis.
Disease (standardised): Rupture (Intestines); Rupture (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
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's pelvis had been crushed between two railway buffers.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, abdomen and stomach.
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

George J Woodman, 21, Messenger

Occupation or role: Messenger
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 3 July 1877
Date of death: 15 July 1877
Disease (transcribed): Purulent Peritonitis (Hernia)
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen); Suppuration (Abdomen); Hernia (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: Five days before admission the patient exerted himself much in playing cricket. On the following day he felt some pain and stiffness across the lower part of the abdomen. Three days before admission he noticed that a rupture, which had troubled him for seven years, was down and much longer than usual.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum and intestine
Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Freestone, 24, [No occupation]

Occupation or role: [No occupation]
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 17 Sep 1877
Date of death: 7 Oct 1877
Disease (transcribed): Lumbar abscess. Tubercular peritonitis.
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Spine); Tuberculosis (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: Four years before admission a swelling came on the outer side of the right hip which increased moderately rapidly.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum, spinal canal, spinal cord, spinal column and lumbar abscess
Type of incident: n/a

Louisa Wright, 56, Ladies maid

Occupation or role: Ladies maid
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 31 Oct 1877
Date of death: 24 Nov 1877
Disease (transcribed): Perinephritic abscess. Purulent Peritonitis.
Disease (standardised): Perinephritis (Kidney); Abscess (Kidney); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: This patient seemed too ill to give any history of her illness. She was complaining to great abdominal pain.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, bronchi, pleurae, heart, liver, kidneys, spine, peritoneum, spleen, brain and uterus
Type of incident: n/a

Martha Blackman, 61, Laundress

Occupation or role: Laundress
Age: 61
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 27 Nov 1877
Date of death: 30 Nov 1877
Disease (transcribed): Hernia (operated). Omental cancer. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Operation (Abdomen); Cancer (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: Five weeks before admission she noticed a lump in the right groin. There was some pain the the swelling was increasing in size. Vomiting came on.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum and hernia
Type of incident: n/a

John Trapwell, 5 weeks , [No occupation]

Occupation or role: [No occupation]
Age: 5 weeks
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Dec 1877
Date of death: 15 Dec 1877
Disease (transcribed): Congenital hernia. Enteritis. Syphilis
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Enteritis (Intestines); Syphilis (Systemic)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bennet, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The mother stated that she had noticed a swelling in the right side of the patient's scrotum three days before admission. Vomiting came on and returned at intervals.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain and hernia
Type of incident: n/a

Ellen Campbell, 68, Schoolmistress

Occupation or role: Schoolmistress
Gender: Female
Age: 68
Date of admission: 27 Dec 1877
Date of death: 7 Jan 1878
Disease (transcribed): Intestinal obstruction from adhesions, enteritis, gangrene, perforation, etc
Disease (standardised): Obstruction (Intestines); Enteritis (Intestines); Gangrene (Intestines); Perforation (Intestines);
Admitting doctor: Rouse, James
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: History. Was well till 3 years ago – Since that time has suffered generally from constipation – A year ago an attack of Rheumatism which lasted 3 months. From that time the difficulty in getting action of Bowels increased and sometimes there was much pain during defaecation. Ten months ago difficulty and pain in passing water. Three months ago a single severe bleeding after defaecation. Bowels acted last a week ago. For five days vomiting after taking any food – Family history good – Has lost flesh'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum, intestine,vagina
Type of incident: n/a

John Link, 23, Coachbuilder

Occupation or role: Coachbuilder
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Date of admission: 18 Sep 1878
Date of death: 21 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Urethral stricture (from injury); perineal section; perforation of the bladder; peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Constriction (Urethra); Perforation (Bladder); Peritonitis (Abdomen);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Seven months ago was knocked down by a blow on pubis by a railway carriage – Swelling and discolouration followed. For 4 days he passed blood in urine and there was great pain in micturition. Micturition painful, frequent and difficult ever since. Stream generally small – Urine thick since accident'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, peritoneum, urethra
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Frances Angus, 52, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Gender: Female
Age: 52
Date of admission: 2 Oct 1878
Date of death: 15 Oct 1878
Disease (transcribed): Excision of rectum. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Operation (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Twelve months before admission symptoms commenced with pain on passing motions which were sometimes streaked with blood – Pain increased – Great straining – Frequent attempts at defaecation with no result – For 3 months At times profuse bleeding'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, peritoneum, uterus, rectum
Type of incident: n/a

George Waterloo Holland, 62, Carpet layer

Occupation or role: Carpet layer
Gender: Male
Age: 62
Date of admission: 31 Oct 1878
Date of death: 10 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Prostatic abscess bursting into peritoneum. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Prostate); Peritonitis (Abdomen);
Admitting doctor: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Two years before admission noticed difficulty in passing water which in two or 3 months became so bad that he applied at the Stone Hospital and was there taught to pass a catheter for himself. For a year urine has been thick and ill smelling. Frequent incontinence at night. Four days ago pain prevented passage of an instrument – In 6 hour urine began to dribble away and continued doing so up to admission'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, peritonitis, liver, kidneys, bladder, urethra
Type of incident: n/a

Charles H. Fowle, 14, Baker's apprentice

Occupation or role: Baker's apprentice
Gender: Male
Age: 14
Date of admission: 19 Dec 1878
Date of death: 12 Aug 1878
Disease (transcribed): Disease of the hip joint. Lardaceous disease. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Disease (Hip); Amyloidosis (Kidney); Peritonitis (Abdomen);
Admitting doctor: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Ten days before admission severe rigors – In four days pain about right hip and thigh – Groin soon became tender. Symptom Dec [December] 19. Patient flushed – Temp [Temperature] 100 – Pulse 92. Small tongue fairly clean. Right lower limb flexed – Any attempt at extension very painful – Thigh a little tender – No redness'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Hip joint, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum
Type of incident: n/a

Fanny Taylor, 23, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 8 Jan 1879
Date of death: 30 Jan 1879
Disease (transcribed): Stricture of the rectum. Softening of the coats. Perforation by ‘bougie’. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Constriction (Rectum); Softening (Rectum); Perforation (Rectum); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry. Dent, Clinton Thomas
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: For two years the patient had difficulty and sometimes pain in defaecation. The motions were generally small and sometimes streaked with blood.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, peritoneum, liver, kidneys, spleen and intestinal canal
Type of incident: n/a

Martha Sharratt, 56, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 5 Mar 1879
Date of death: 7 Mar 1879
Disease (transcribed): Strangulated hernia. Gangrene of the bowel. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Gangrene (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient was ruptured on the right side so long as she can remember. During an attack of vomiting four days before admission, the hernia came down more than usual and could not be reduced.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and peritoneum
Type of incident: n/a

Jane Williams, 45, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 45
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 7 Jul 1879
Date of death: 11 Jul 1879
Disease (transcribed): Intestinal obstruction from an ovarian tumour. Peritonitis. Ovariotomy
Disease (standardised): Obstruction (Intestines); Tumour (Ovary); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Ovariotomy (Ovary)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: The patient was perfectly well in the morning of July 4th. Then felt sick and ill. Two hours later vomiting came on and recurred several times.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen, ovary, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and spleen
Type of incident: n/a

Caroline Catchpole, 47, Housemaid

Occupation or role: Housemaid
Age: 47
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 12 Jul 1879
Date of death: 17 Jul 1879
Disease (transcribed): Inguinal hernia. Operation. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen); Operation (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Tidswell, Herbert Henry
Medical notes: Two months before admission a tumour was noticed quite suddenly in the right groin. Some sickness followed. The tumour returned spontaneously and the sickness ceased.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, abdomen and uterus
Type of incident: n/a

Philip Parker, 58, Painter

Occupation or role: Painter
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Nov 1879
Date of death: 13 Dec 1879
Disease (transcribed): Fractured thigh. Albuminuric enteritis. Intestinal obstruction. Localised peritonitis. Abscess in the pelvis
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Leg); Albuminuria (Kidney); Enteritis (Intestines); Obstruction (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Abscess (Pelvis)
Admitted under the care of: Holmes, Timothy
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: This patient, a pallid and feeble old man, was admitted with a fracture of the thigh just below the small trochanter and a wound of the right wrist.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and intestines
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Luke Potter, 36, Cabinet maker

Occupation or role: Cabinet maker
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Sep 1883
Date of death: 20 Sep 1883
Disease (transcribed): Herniotomy. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Herniotomy (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Margerison, Richard
Post mortem examination performed by: Ross, Daniel McClure
Medical notes: The hernia, an inguinal one, had existed for years.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, heart, abdomen, liver, spleen and kidneys
Type of incident: n/a

Eliza Astill, 49, Ladysmaid

Occupation or role: Ladysmaid
Age: 49
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 8 Apr 1884
Date of death: 22 Apr 1884
Disease (transcribed): Ovariotomy. Peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Ovariotomy (Ovary); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Margerison, Richard
Post mortem examination performed by: Ross, Daniel McClure
Medical notes: In January this woman had noticed pain in the left groin and found herself larger on the left than on the right side.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, heart, liver, spleen and kidneys
Type of incident: n/a

Joseph Searson, 16, Stationer

Occupation or role: Stationer
Age: 16
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 9 Dec 1885
Date of death: 24 Jun 1886
Disease (transcribed): Caries of spine. Tubercular peritonitis. Tubercular epididymitis. Tubercles in lungs
Disease (standardised): Caries (Spine); Tuberculosis (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Epididymitis (Epididymis); Tuberculosis (Epididymis); Tuberculosis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bull, William Charles
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: He was admitted in June 1885 suffering from an angular curve of the spine. He was sent to Atkinson Morley Convalescent Hospital and he had an attack of what was diagnosed as Tubercular Meningitis.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, larynx, pericardium, heart, aorta, abdomen, liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, testicles, muscles and vertebrae
Type of incident: n/a

John Pell, 38, General dealer

Occupation or role: General dealer
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 19 Sep 1886
Date of death: 9 Nov 1886
Disease (transcribed): Stricture of urethra. Rupture of the bladder. (Cystotomy). Peritonitis. Faecal fistula
Disease (standardised): Constriction (Urethra); Rupture (Bladder); Cystotomy (Bladder); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Fistula (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Bull, William Charles
Post mortem examination performed by: Sisley, Richard
Medical notes: Sixteen years ago he contracted gonorrhoea. He complained of great pain over the bladder and inability to pass urine.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, larynx, pericardium, heart, aorta, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder
Type of incident: n/a

William Smith, 5 months, [Child of] Labourer

Occupation or role: [Child of] Labourer
Age: 5 months
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 29 Sep 1889
Date of death: 29 Sep 1889
Disease (transcribed): Intussusception
Disease (standardised): Intussusception (Intestines)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Delepine, Sheridan
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Peritoneum and alimentary canal
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

John Haines, 50, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 6 Jun 1890
Date of death: 8 Jun 1890
Disease (transcribed): Perforation of small intestines. General peritonitis
Disease (standardised): Perforation (Intestines); Peritonitis (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Bennett, William Henry
Medical examination performed by: Cotes, Charles Edward Henry
Post mortem examination performed by: Newton, Reginald Frederick Henry
Medical notes: Whilst driving his cab he came into collision with a cart and was thrown off his box. The wheel of the cab passed over his abdomen.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Intestines, kidneys and bladder
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

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