William Owen (2507)

Admission Details for Patient: William Owen (2507)

Gender: Male Age: 42
Marital Status: Not stated Religion: Not stated
Occupation: Mariner
Address: Amlwch (admitted from police custody), Anglesey

Date of Admission: October 29, 1875
Date of Discharge: January 22, 1876
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Acute mania
Supposed Cause: Intemperance

Medical Certificate:
Says he does not know where he came from but that he was left on the top of the mountains with the sheep. Refused to put his tongue out as he said he was afraid I was going to cut it off. Is very incoherent in speech. P.C. 41 states he found him lying on the road about half a mile from Bangor and that he was shouting "Robber" at the top of his voice and was very excited on Wednesday night the 27th inst. and that since then he has been very restless and talks incessantly. E. J. Lloyd, MD.

Approximate duration of present attack: 3 months

Number of Previous Attacks: 999

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Number of Previous Attacks: 999




Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:



Physical/Mental State at Examination: Talks without stopping, incoherently. Gesticulates, fancies he knows me and calls me by some alien name. Has slept well.

Current Diagnosis: Acute Transient Psychosis (F23.0)

Case Notes

1875 Dec 16 - Has improved from the very first week. I suggested he should leave tomorrow but he requests me to keep him till after the Christmas is over.*

1876 Jan 13 - Has continued since last note well and without any relapse.

Jan 22 - Left today recovered.


Additional Notes

* This is most likely the same William Owen of Amlwch who was admitted from Beaumaris Gaol on 24th December, 1974 where he was serving a sentence of 3 months for "default of arrears on bastardy payments".

Anglesey Poor Law Union were obliged to pay the Governor of the Anglesey County Gaol "the sum Two Pounds and Nineteen Shillings being the reasonable charges incurred in the said examination of the said William Owen and of conveying him to the said County Lunatic Asylum and also to pay unto the Superintendent of the North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum at Denbigh the sum of Eight Shillings and Nine Pence weekly and for every week as he the said William Owen has been or shall be confined in the said Asylum."

This earlier Christmas Eve admission might explain why William Owen asked to be kept at Denbigh for the 1875 celebrations.

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