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Charlotte Thake, 40, Laundress

Occupation or role: Laundress
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 2 Apr 1907
Date of death: 4 Apr 1907
Disease (transcribed): Carcinoma recti. Secondary growths in wall of caecum (direct extension) and in lumbar and higher prevertebral glands and in liver and peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Rectum); Cancer (Intestines); Cancer (Lymph nodes); Cancer (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Golla, Frederick Lucien
Post mortem examination performed by: Higgs, Frederick William
Medical notes: For the past two months the patient had had pain in the lower part of the abdomen. For the past five weeks she had passed blood per rectum.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, larynx, thyroid, trachea, pericardium, heart, peritoneum, alimentary canal, stomach, small intestine, rectum, pelvic glands, lumbar glands, liver, gall bladder and bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, suprarenals, kidneys, bladder and uterus
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

William Ward, 50, Carpenter

Occupation or role: Carpenter
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Date of admission: 5 Apr 1904
Date of death: 21 Apr 1904
Disease (transcribed): Hydratid cysts of the liver and peritoneal cavity
Disease (standardised): Cyst (Liver, peritoneal cavity);
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Ascherson, William Lawrence
Post mortem examination performed by: Whipham, Thomas Roland Charles
Medical notes: 'Patient was admitted on April 5th for weakness and shortness of breath. A fortnight before admission he had had a 'bilious attack', his appetite had failed and he had felt sick. Ten days before admission he had had an attack of pain in the right supra-scapular region radiating to the neck, sufficiently severe to prevent sleep. Increasing shortness of breath for the 14 days preceding admission. There had been morning retching for years. Winter cough two years with expectoration and loss of weight. Previous history of rheumatic fever and syphilis. Nothing of importance in the family history'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Bridget Shea, 60, Housekeeper

  • Occupation or role: Housekeeper
    Gender: Female
    Age: 60
    Date of admission: 17 Apr 1878
    Date of death: 8 Jun 1878
    Disease (transcribed): Calcifying tumour in the right iliac fossa, psoas abscess, perforation into caecum and into peritoneum
    Disease (standardised): Tumour (Hip); Psoas abscess (Psoas muscles); Perforation (Intestines); Perforation (Abdomen);
    Admitting doctor: Whipham, Thomas Tillyer
    Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
    PM performed by: Ewart, William
  • Wilson, E.
    Medical notes: 'History. No hereditary history. Previous history of good health: meat three times a day, disgust to fat: dislike to butter: bowels open about once in three days. Loss of appetite about 21 months. Tumour found in R. [Right] inguinal region for about 18 mo [months]. Pain about the tumour, and loss of flesh from May 1877. Much costiveness of bowels: hardly any action without purgations: vomiting seldom: (Woman unintelligent: account by no means clear)'
    Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, tumour
    Illustrations: Yes
    Type of incident: n/a

Ruth Howell, 51, Servant

Occupation or role: Servant
Age: 51
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 20 Oct 1895
Date of death: 26 May 1895
Disease (transcribed): Obstructive jaundice (operation)
Disease (standardised): Jaundice (Skin); Operation (Thorax)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Ogle, Cyril
Medical notes: n/a
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen, stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver, kidneys, adrenals, bladder, uterus, lungs, heart
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Mary Clarke, 61, Nurse

Occupation or role: Nurse
Gender: Female
Age: 61
Date of admission: 8 May 1878
Date of death: 14 Jul 1878
Disease (transcribed): Perforating ulcer of the stomach. Limited superficial abscess in the peritoneal cavity and left lobe of liver
Disease (standardised): Ulcer (Stomach); Abscess (Abdomen); Abscess (Liver);
Admitting doctor: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. No heritable disease in the family. Scarlatina at 16: 'gastric fever' at 40: diphtheria at 43: smallpox at 57. Always intolerant of fat; - subject to pain after food in the epigastrium and to sick headaches as long as she remembered: bowels habitually costive and diaphoresis profuse: subject also to palpitation and to glandular swellings in the neck. For two years she had noticed a fulness in the epigastrium. From Dec [December] 1st to 31st she suffered from a dry 'spasmodic' cough, which began suddenly without rigor or nasal catarrh. On Dec [December] 31st it left her suddenly, and she was as suddenly attack with severe vomiting and epigastric pain, which lasted an hour. From that time there was a constant dull pain in the epigastrium, increased after food'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, uterus
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Thomas F. Parrott, 29, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Gender: Male
Age: 29
Date of admission: 28 Jun 1878
Date of death: 14 Jul 1878
Disease (transcribed): Hypertrophic cirrhosis of liver. Splenic enlargement; exploratory puncture. Fatal haemorrhage into peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Hypertrophy (Liver); Liver cirrhosis (Liver); Disease (Spleen); Haemorrhage (Abdomen);
Admitting doctor: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Father gouty. Acute rheumatism at 14: Erysipelas of R. [Right] leg in summer of 1877. Never strong: had lived badly: meat 4 days a week: intolerant of fat or butter. Subject to epistaxis: Took 4 pts [pints] of beer daily with occasional excesses. Cough and expectoration ever since he remembered: coughed up ½ pt [pint] of blood in 1873: a few streaks in last 18 mo [months]. Was treated for some urinary affection in 1874: urine dark and hard to pass. Pain in upper part of abdomen, with occasional severe paroxysms, from Novr [November] 1877. Gradually increasing dyspnoea from about January. Tumour noticed in R. [Right] hypochondr [hypochondrium] in March: gradually increased, extending to the L. [Left]. Wasting from this period'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, spleen, liver, kidneys
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Annie Smith, 33, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Gender: Female
Age: 33
Date of admission: 11 Jul 1878
Date of death: 26 Jul 1878
Disease (transcribed): Limited peritonitis with ulceration of the bowel into a limited peritoneal cavity
Disease (standardised): Peritonitis (Abdomen); Ulcer (Intestines);
Admitting doctor: Dickinson, William Howship
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'History. Erysipelas of L. [Left] leg at 15: frequent ulceration from that time: scarlatina in childhood: rheumatic fever at 17. Never robust: bad living till marriage: appetite always small: winter coughs for 8 or 9 years: catamenia scanty. Severe confinement on Dec. [December] 2nd 1876: very weak from that time: lactation scanty. In Novr [November] 1877 severe pain commenced gradually in the R. [Right] side of the abdomen; and increased steadily, being unaffected by period of day, by food or respiration. About the middle of Jan. [January] 1878 on severe paroxysms attacked him suddenly and lasted several hours until relieved by turpentine fomentations. The pain from the first was accompanied by constipation, and by vomiting, which was hardly ever absent for a whole day, and sometimes severe and constant for several. From Xmas she laid up'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, intestine
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

William Hooper, 64, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Gender: Male
Age: 64
Date of admission: 6 Aug 1904
Date of death: 11 Aug 1904
Disease (transcribed): Fracture of the skull. Superficial haemorrhage. Bruising of the brain by contre-coup. Fractures of L. [Left] clavicle and ribs – Broncho-pneumonia
Disease (standardised): Fracture (Skull, clavicle, ribs); Haemorrhage (Head); Contusions (Brain); Bronchopneumonia (Lung);
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fedden, Walter Fedde
Post mortem examination performed by: Whipham, Thomas Roland Charles
Medical notes: 'Admitted unconscious. The wife states that whilst going up stairs on the night of admission, patient fell down on the top of his head and at once became unconscious. He was brought to hospital by the police and never regained consciousness'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Cranium, thorax, abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: Trauma/accident

James Miller, 33, L.C.C. Fireman

Occupation or role: L.C.C. Fireman
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 18 Sep 1907
Date of death: 19 Sep 1907
Disease (transcribed): Linitis plastica. Peritonitis. Carcinoma ventriculi
Disease (standardised): Linitis plastica (Stomach); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Cancer (Stomach)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: n/a
Post mortem examination performed by: Jex-Blake, Arthur John
Medical notes: The patient was brought in in a moribund condition with a history of abdominal pain for over a year.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, larynx, tonsils, thyroid, trachea, pericardium, heart, aorta, peritoneal cavity, omentum, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, suprarenals, bladder, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum, mesenteric glands and peribronchial glands
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Eliza Balk, 33, [Wife of] Bricklayer

Occupation or role: [Wife of] Bricklayer
Gender: Female
Age: 33
Date of admission: 11 Jul 1904
Date of death: 4 Sep 1904
Disease (transcribed): Sarcoma of the pituitary body. Acromegaly. Tubercle of the peritoneum, pericardium, and lymphatic glands. Serous effusions
Disease (standardised): Sarcoma (Pituitary gland); Acromegaly (Pituitary gland); Tuberculosis (Peritoneum, pericardium, lymph nodes); Effusion (Brain);
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Ascherson, William Lawrence
Post mortem examination performed by: Whipham, Thomas Roland Charles
Medical notes: 'Patient had been in the hospital seven years before her present admission for acromegaly and, since that time, had been attending regularly as an Out-patient. The hands fat and facial bones had been slowly increasing in size and there had been severe and continuous occipital headache. For some time she had been troubled with cough and had been becoming progressively weaker and thinner. On July 11th she was admitted on the surgical side of the hospital for glands in the neck'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen, cranium
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Emily Punton, 60, Married

Occupation or role: Married
Age: 60
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Jun 1879
Date of death: 2 Nov 1879
Disease (transcribed): Cancer of the ovary and of the peritoneum
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Ovary); Cancer (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: Early in march, severe pains in the hypogastrium, resembling labour pains, set in and were very acute for some three weeks.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Edwin Dowden, 28, Plumber

Occupation or role: Plumber
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Date of admission: 15 Nov 1878
Date of death: 20 Nov 1878
Disease (transcribed): Diffuse peritoneal cancer. Cancerous stricture in the transverse colon. Gastrotomy
Disease (standardised): Cancer (Abomden); Constriction (Intestines); Operation (Stomach);
Admitting doctor: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Bennett, William Henry
PM performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: 'One brother gouty: no other heritable disease in the family. Gonorrhoea and orchitis in 1870: disgust to fat: three or four pints of beer daily. Nothing else worthy of mark in the previous history. Malaise. From Xmas 1877, his appetite was deficient. Wasting. For about 6 mo [months] before admission he had been losing flesh. Pain and constipation. Otherwise he was quite well till 28 days before admission, where he woke with severe pain in the hypogastrium and abdomnen generally; the bowels being confined. […] About a fortnight before admission he suddenly began to vomit clear green'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Lungs, heart, peritoneum, artificial anus, cancerous mass, stricture, liver, kidneys, spleen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Thomas Dendridge, 28, Laundryman

Occupation or role: Laundryman
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 14 Sep 1897
Date of death: 23 Nov 1897
Disease (transcribed): Abdominal aneurism which had burst into peritoneal cavity
Disease (standardised): Aneurysm (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William
Medical examination performed by: Fenton, William James
Post mortem examination performed by: Latham, Arthur Carlyle
Medical notes: 'For the clinical history of this case the reader is referred to the medical notes'
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Thorax, abdomen
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a

Elizabeth Ascott, 34, [No occupation stated]

Occupation or role: [No occupation stated]
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Date of admission: 4 Nov 1893
Date of death: 6 Nov 1893
Disease (transcribed): Rupture of hydatid cyst into peritoneal cavity. Laparotomy
Disease (standardised): Echinococcosis (Liver); Rupture (Abdomen); Laparotomy (Abdomen)
Admitted under the care of: Ewart, William. Turner, George Robertson
Medical examination performed by: Ogle, Cyril
Post mortem examination performed by: Dickinson, William Lee
Medical notes: Two years ago she began to get somewhat pale, but had no wasting or pain or disturbance of the bowels. About thirteen years ago she first noticed a swelling in the upper abdomen.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Abdomen, thorax and head
Type of incident: n/a

Alfred Goodwin, 35, Labourer

Occupation or role: Labourer
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of admission: 15 Nov 1878
Date of death: 19 Feb 1879
Disease (transcribed): Tubercular peritonitis and meningitis “of the convexity”
Disease (standardised): Tuberculosis (Abdomen); Peritonitis (Abdomen); Tuberculosis, meningeal (Brain)
Admitted under the care of: Wadham, William
Medical examination performed by: Owen, Herbert Isambard
Post mortem examination performed by: Ewart, William
Medical notes: He was quite well until November 8th, when after working hard in the wet, he began towards evening to feel chilly and shiver. After going to bed he grew hot and sweated profusely.
Body parts examined in the post mortem: Pleurae, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, peritoneum, intestines and brain
Illustrations: Yes
Type of incident: n/a