John Jones (6487)

Admission Details for Patient: John Jones (6487)

Gender: Male Age: 25
Marital Status: Single Religion: Nonconformist
Occupation: Labourer
Address: Bridgend Asylum, S. Wales

Date of Admission: January 17, 1905
Date of Discharge: August 27, 1909
Discharge Category: Relieved

Disease: Imbecility
Supposed Cause: Masturbation/congenital and hereditary

Medical Certificate:
Masturbating, absurd in manner and behaviour - under delusions - persons watching him to do him an injury. This man has been weak minded from birth. Dr. I. LL. Trehearn.

Approximate duration of present attack: Not stated

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: No

Sleep Habit: Good

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Once charged with drunkeness

Education: None

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health good. Right inguinal hernia. Truss wanted. This man was transferred from Bridgend today. He was tried at Cardiff Assizes in October 1903 for stealing a mare and found guilty, but was then certified to be insane. His father is said to have been an inmate here. He is said to have been intemperate whenever he had the means.

Current Diagnosis: Schizophrenia (F20.0)

Case Notes

1905 Jan 24 - Patient is a young man below the average height, in fairly good condition. Brown hair and brown irides, pupils equal and mobile. Small round head. Has had a right inguinal hernia since a child. Otherwise organs are healthy. Mentally he is an imbecile. A man of low intelligence, unable to read, write or count. Conversation abundant but simple and silly. Laughs at his doings in S. Wales, stealing the mare was a great joke.

Says he is married although he told them at Bridgend he was single. Conduct good so far and works out of doors. Mar 8 - Works regularly, wears a new truss for his rupture. Always complains of dyspepsia but looks better. May 30 - Same as last report.

Sept 30 - The same.

1906 Jan 14 - Had an attack of Pleurisy and 60g of water withdrawn. Is keeping very thin and is in danger of Phthisis. Up and about in the Sick Ward.

June 8 - Very much improved in physical health but still an imbecile. Notes for 1906 continue the same.

1907 Mar 20 - Looking thin. Has bronchial rales and is now in the Open Air Hospital.

July 5 - Better bodily health. Useful out of doors. 1908 Jan to 1909 Jan - The same.

June - Is much improved, useful and reliable. Discharged (relieved) Aug 27th 1909.


Additional Notes

This is probably the John Jones (Bridgend) admitted 10/06/1916 (No. 8681). On that occasion he was admitted from Valley Workhouse and his next of kin is given as Hannah Jones.

The Medical Certificate reads:

Very restless.

Has delusions, viz that people are putting poison in his food to poison him. That a knife has been stolen from him, so they can kill him.

That he is a policeman in order to protect himself against these people.

Richard Williams, Master, Cartref Valley: Crying and laughing alternately. Very restless at night and tries to abscond. Dirty in his habits, imagines that people want to poison him, also that he is a policeman to prevent people enlisting him under Lord Derby's Scheme.

He was discharged from the asylum recovered on Nov 24th 1917 after a month's trial.

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