Owen Griffith (4223)

Admission Details for Patient: Owen Griffith (4223)

Gender: Male Age: 65
Marital Status: Married Religion: Baptist
Occupation: Blacksmith
Address: Old Valley Cottage (admitted from police custody), Anglesey

Date of Admission: August 29, 1890
Date of Discharge: June 18, 1891
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Mania
Supposed Cause: No particular cause

Medical Certificate:
1. His answers are perfectly incoherent, he is under the impression that he has had a message from on high and that the Cholera will kill no end of people in the neighbourhood; has not slept for the last 7 or 8 nights, and his general bearing. 2. Mr Hugh Jones, Police Officer at Valley, found him on the road going towards the sea shore, and he said that just one minute more would have done for him; he was also wandering on the main road, and wanted to go on the railway line; last night he was found on the beach running towards the sea and shouting. I asked him what he wanted and he said, You shall see in one minute if you wait. He says that the end of the world is coming after today and he was very violent at the Police Station. August 29th 1890. Owen Trefor Williams, Holyhead.

Approximate duration of present attack: Fortnight

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: No, but is restless and may soon become dangerous

Clean Habit: -

Food Refusal: -

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Steady and industrious


Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health moderate. No definite cause can be assigned for the attack of Insanity which is said to have commenced rather suddenly 14 days ago when he stopped the preacher from conducting the service. Appears to possess numerous delusions.

Current Diagnosis: Acute Transient Psychosis (F23.3)

Case Notes

1890 Sept 1 - Patient is a pleasant featured old man near bald on top. Apparently quite inoffensive. He is very much confused in his ideas. Thinks that this is Winstay and that I am "Sir Watkins".

Cannot say why he has been brought here and indulges in furious diatribes against parsons and ministers of the better class whom he stigmatises as thieves and robbers and points to their fat paunches as a proof. Why he abuses them is not evident. He is stoutly built and well nourished. It is probable that there is some weakening of the cardiac muscle probably due to fatty change. 20 - Harmless and gives no trouble.

Oct 10 - Has had a slight attack of Pulm. Cong., is now better and about again.

He is also showing signs of mental improvement and has for some time known where he is and has lost the ideas present on admission. Dec 1 - Has been lately very deluded. Accuses the Supt. of immoral practices and the Sexton of drinking the Sacramental wine etc.

They are of a very humorous nature. Wishes to buy some dozens of Tennis Hats which have caught his fancy to take home for distribution.

Indeed his conversation is for the most part absurd and irrational. Will not work. In fair health.

1891 Jan 22 - No real change. More lucid at one time than another. Threatened to destroy himself a short time ago as he was disappointed at not being discharged and as he seemed to mean it was watched.

It appears to have now passed off. Apr 16 - Has improved very much during the last 3 months and as he will probably never be better will return home upon trial this month. Is rational and has during the last two months been working in Smithy. In fair health.

June 18 - A satisf. certificate having come to hand, has been this day discharged but it is not improbable that he may return before very long.


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