Ann Williams (6566)

Admission Details for Patient: Ann Williams (6566)

Gender: Female Age: 54
Marital Status: Married Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Housewife
Address: Carnarvon (admitted from Workhouse, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: April 28, 1905
Date of Death: November 5, 1905
Cause of Death: Acute Pneumonia certified COD.

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Worry/poverty

Medical Certificate:
Has delusions, imagines persons mean to poison her, shoot her and do her injury, incoherency of speech. Attempted suicide by drowning, her husband vouches for the fact, her husband says she rambles in her statements. Mr. Parry, the Master, states that he was called to her owing to an attempt made by her apparently to strangle herself with her hands clutched to her throat. Dr. Thomas Roberts, Penymaes, Carnarvon.

Approximate duration of present attack: 28 days

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: Threatened and attempted

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: No

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Respectable

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health good. Patient was admitted to the workhouse about a month ago upon an attempt made to drown herself and she seemed to have tried to strangle herself in the Union. Her depression is due to poverty and a pony and trap she owned being seized for rent owed.

Current Diagnosis: Acute transient psychosis (F23.3)

Case Notes

1905 May 3 - Average height, well built and nourished. Cream coloured hair, parts dyed brown.

Grey blue eyes.

Good health. There is no very definite depression, tho she says she has been much worried about the loss of her cart and means of living, and she is for the most part coherent enough.

She declares that she was unkindly treated at the Union and she also detests the Porter, who probably had tried to feed her.

She is also tormented by Mr. D.T. Roberts and others who have sent her here to get her put out of the way so that they can obtain possession of her insurance money, which she wishes to make over to me.

She used to hear them abusing her outside the Workhouse and they have also followed her here and she hears them nightly.

Her husband is also here somewhere. Quiet and gives no trouble but does nothing.

10 - Very deluded.

July 1 - Restless and useless, slowly becoming demented.

Sept 4 - Going downhill.

Is suicidal and has to be watched. Losing flesh. Oct 20 - Is just convalescent from an attack of Colitis. Nov 5 - Died today of Acute Pneumonia of about ten days duration.

Had been failing steadily in mind and body for some time and was quite incurable. Died Nov 5th 1905.

** Margaret Owen, case 6565, recorded as having delusions about the Porter at Carnarvon Workhouse - about his trying to kill her, his abusive language etc.


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