Grace Webster (6643)

Admission Details for Patient: Grace Webster (6643)

Gender: Female Age: 65
Marital Status: Married Religion: Congregational
Occupation: None
Address: Beaumaris, Anglesey

Date of Admission: October 15, 1905
Date of Death: February 5, 1906
Cause of Death: Phthisis Pulmonary /Exhaustion certified COD.

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Mental anxiety/ill health

Medical Certificate:
Hallucinations, threats of suicide and homicide, attempting to set fire to clothing. George Webster, son, states that she bites and injures the persons surrounding her, attempting to go out in her nightdress, imagining that she is surrounded by different animals, imitating the said animals. Dr. J. Henry Jones, 28 Church Street, Beaumaris.

Approximate duration of present attack: 10 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: Yes threatened

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: Yes

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: -

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health feeble. Phthisical. Her son states that patient has been showing change for 3 - 4 years but gave no active trouble until 10 days ago. She has always been quiet and depressed. Her husband has lost - whilst speculating in America where he is now resident - a good deal of their income and her son thinks this has affected her.

Current Diagnosis: Mental disorder due to brain damage and physical disease (F06.9)

Case Notes

1905 Oct 17 - A feeble looking woman with dark brown hair and eyes, pupils equal. Poorly nourished and with some crepitation over the bases of both lungs, no temperature. She is depressed and confused in mind and incapable of giving an intelligent account of her self, indeed there seems to be an appreciable amount of mental enfeeblement. She says she has wished she were dead. She shows no resentment at being brought here and takes everything very philosophically.

25 - Gives no trouble. Nov 20 - Little change. Could, if a suitable place were found, be treated outside.

Very retiring and uncommunicative. 1906 Jan - Very slowly becoming weaker and the lung symptoms are more evident. She has also begun to expectorate, a thing she had not previously done. No mental change.

28 - Failing and this was hastened very much by some Diarrhoea she had last week. Is now confined to bed.

Feb 5 - Died today. Expectoration had during the past week become very profuse.


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