Elizabeth Williams (2498)

Admission Details for Patient: Elizabeth Williams (2498)

Gender: Female Age: 12
Marital Status: Single Religion: None
Occupation: None
Address: Llanllechid (admitted from workhouse, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: September 24, 1875
Date of Discharge: April 20, 1877
Discharge Category: Unimproved

Disease: Idiocy
Supposed Cause: Congenital

Medical Certificate:
She is to all appearance perfectly unable to take care of herself and appears quite idiotic in her manner. She is apparently harmless. From the Matron of the Union House: She is most uncleanly in her habits and has been so since her residence in the workhouse. Her mind has been affected since infancy but has got much worse of late. Hugh Robert G Hughes, Bangor.

Approximate duration of present attack: From Birth

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 1

Total Number of Admissions: 2

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:



Physical/Mental State at Examination: Free from bruises. Good health, sanguinous temperament. Well nourished. A complete idiot - incapable of saying anything intelligible. She is quite harmless and has been hitherto confined in the Bangor Union Workhouse. She is very restless continually jumping about and shouting.

Current Diagnosis: Learning Disability

Case Notes

1875 Sept 25 - In good health.

Eating a sleeping well.

Very dirty.

Dec 16 - Very dirty in her habits and eats every kind of dirty thing.

1876 Sept - Incapable of saying anything or expressing any emotion.

Health good.

1877 April 20 - Discharged this day to the Bangor Workhouse in just the same state as she was when admitted.


Additional Notes


8th June 1878 (no. 2783) from Bangor Workhouse in precisely the same condition as at discharge.

Elizabeth, whose father was a quarryman, remained in care until her death from phthisis on 4th July 1880.

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