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Andrew Neville, 19, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Aug 1866
Date of death: 28 Aug 1866
Disease (transcribed): Abscess in brain. Fractured skull
Disease (standardised): Abscess (Brain); Fracture (Skull)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: A brick fell on his head.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Charles West, 43, Porter

Occupation or role: Porter
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Jul 1866
Date of death: 3 Aug 1866
Disease (transcribed): Pyaemia. Amputation of thigh. Pericarditis
Disease (standardised): Sepsis (Systemic); Amputation (Leg); Pericarditis (Heart)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker. Ring, Edmund Cuthbert
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering. Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical notes: This patient had had an ulcer of the right leg for three years, dependant on varicose veins. About a week before admission it began to slough.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: n/a

Edward Watson, 46, Attendant

Occupation or role: Attendant
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 22 Jul 1866
Date of death: 26 Jul 1866
Disease (transcribed): Right inguinal hernia
Disease (standardised): Hernia (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering. Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical notes: He had had a hernia for twenty years.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax
Type of incident: n/a

George Smith, 45, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 30 Aug 1866
Date of death: 1 Sep 1866
Disease (transcribed): Fractured ribs. Emphysema
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Ribs); Emphysema (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Tatum, Thomas
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This patient had a waggon pass up his left side.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

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.

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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

Priscilla Pearce, 32, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 21 Jul 1866
Date of death: 24 Jul 1866
Disease (transcribed): Burn. Granular kidneys. Hypertrophy of left ventricle of heart. Atheromatous arteries especially in brain. Effusion of blood in right ovarium
Disease (standardised): Burn (Skin); Disease (Kidney); Disease (Heart); Plaque, atherosclerotic (Arteries); Effusion (Ovary)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering. Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
Medical notes: This patient had been under Dr Lee for uterine disease. She was washing some clothes when she was seized with a fit and fell into the fire.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Head, thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Richard Taylor, 34, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 1 Sep 1866
Date of death: 4 Sep 1866
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of skull. Meningitis. Rupture of liver
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Meningitis (Brain); Rupture (Liver)
Admitted under the care of: Hewett, Prescott Gardner
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: The way in which this patient met with his accident is not exactly known, but it was supposed that a heavy rail fell on him.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium and thorax
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Robert Hull, 63, Painter

Occupation or role: Painter
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 20 Aug 1866
Date of death: 20 Aug 1866
Disease (transcribed): Fractured rib. Bronchitis
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Rib); Bronchitis (Lung)
Admitted under the care of: Lee, Henry
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: It appeared that he had fallen sidewards over the back of a chair and afterwards felt great pain.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax and abdomen
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

Thomas Hatcher, 64, Porter

Occupation or role: Porter
Age: 64
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 10 Aug 1866
Date of death: 11 Aug 1866
Disease (transcribed): Fractured skull. Laceration of brain
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull); Laceration (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: This patient was admitted after having fallen down stairs on his head.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

William Thomas, 55, Plasterer

Occupation or role: Plasterer
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Aug 1866
Date of death: 25 Aug 1866
Disease (transcribed): Stricture. Disease of kidney. Softening of brain
Disease (standardised): Constriction (Urethra); Disease (Kidney); Softening (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Pollock, George
Medical examination performed by: Wilson, John Henry Parker
Post mortem examination performed by: Pick, Thomas Pickering
Medical notes: It seemed that he had had a stricture for fourteen years.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen and pelvis
Type of incident: n/a