William Taylor (4248)

Admission Details for Patient: William Henry Taylor (4248)

Gender: Male Age: 22
Marital Status: Single Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Address: Pwllheli Union Workhouse, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: December 2, 1890
Date of Death: January 23, 1893
Cause of Death: Phthisis/Exhaustion

Disease: Epilepsy with dementia
Supposed Cause: Epilepsy

Medical Certificate:
1. That he got up to the top of Llanengan Windmill, does not know how he came down. Laid down in a ditch. Slept, then wandered about, does not know where he went to. 2. Facts communicated by Cath. Griffiths, that he tried to escape from the Workhouse with force. William Williams, that he has been suffering from fits, harmless, but inclined to wandering, having no home. Griffith Parry, that he was violent after his return to the Workhouse. December 2nd 1890. Edwin Shelton Jones, Pwllheli.

Approximate duration of present attack: Not known

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: Yes

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: Yes

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: No

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: No

Disposition: -

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health moderate. Patient has suffered from Epilepsy for many years. This day week was admitted to the Workhouse. On the following Friday he escaped and in doing so hurt his left leg. Was captured on the following Sunday and it is not known what he did in the interval. Nothing more known of him. Was taken back to Workhouse on Sunday night.

Current Diagnosis: Epilepsy

Case Notes

1890 Dec 4 - Patient is a tall gawky looking lad, brown hair and eyes. Has been lying in bed since admission as he appears to be suffering from pain in left knee joint but no objective symptoms are present.

Perfectly quiet and gives his answers after much hesitation in a drawling manner. Is demented and can give but little information regarding himself.

Says his name is Griffith Jones and not Taylor. Is well nourished and seems to be in fair health.

(Dates of subsequent notes obscured by Death Certificate).

- His leg has got all right and he can get about. Has had a fit. Shows no trace of excitement and is well behaved in every way.

- Has improved in appearance. Restless and anxious to get away and on the 8th escaped over wall of Airing Court but was captured in half an hour. Brighter than he has been.

Fits infrequent.

- Peevish and cross. Continually requesting his discharge. Frequent fits. Quite useless.

- A useless epileptic. Fairly manageable. Clean and tidy.

Nothing noteworthy in his case.

- Somewhat quieter and less troublesome. Useless. Has been confined to bed for some weeks with Pneumonia consequent upon Influenza.

Quite well again.

1892 Dec - Is suffering from Phthisis prob. contracted after the Pneumonia in May. Failing rapidly. 1893 Jan 23 - Died today of exhaustion. Ascites had shown itself a fortnight before death.


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