W W (9451)

Admission Details for Patient: W G W (9451)

Gender: Male Age: 30
Marital Status: Single Religion: Congregationalist
Occupation: Quarry labourer (former soldier)
Address: Blaenau Festiniog, Merionethshire

Date of Admission: May 31, 1920
Date of Discharge: December 3, 1930
Discharge Category: Relieved

Disease: (Epileptic insanity)
Supposed Cause: Drink

Medical Certificate:
He gets epileptic fits most violently and his conduct is out of control. His sister M E W: that he was very violent to her baby and also breaking things in the house. That he did throw himself into the river and Wm Roberts (neighbour), got him away. Dr. Griffith John Roberts, 31st May 1920.

Approximate duration of present attack: Gradually getting worse

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: Yes, attempted

Dangerous: Yes, threatened

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:

Disposition: Intemperate


Physical/Mental State at Examination: Good health and condition. First signs of attack - fits becoming more frequent. Had an accident 11 yrs ago hunting. Injury to leg. He did throw himself into the river. He threatened to throw his sister's child out of its cradle. Patient was transferred to the Service Class on Sept 20th.

Current Diagnosis: Epilepsy

Case Notes

1920 June 3 (copy) - Suffering from Epileptic Insanity. Rather simple in his manner and does not properly realise his position. His memory for recent events is impaired and there is a certain amount of mental confusion.

He admits having been drinking heavily previous to admission.

So far quiet and well conducted. No epileptic seizures or outbursts of violence.

7 - The same.

Further Report - June 28th - He has had no epileptic seizures except when he is in drink. He is still rather dull and simple in his manner.

Also inclined to be impulsive when anyone interrupts him in a conversation.

In my opinion he requires further observation.

July 1 - No further change. Extra Report - Sept 10 - Suffering from Epileptic Insanity.

Since my last report he has had several epileptic seizures followed upon one occasion by excitement and upon other occasions by confusion.

Mental condition is not improving.

During the month of August he had eleven epileptic seizures.

(Notes continue much the same, recording number of seizures etc and condition after).

1925 May 24 - Periodically he has a sequence of fits (not status) when he has to be confined to bed in a very dull and lethargic condition. He is quite a brute in his ways - selfish, arrogant, quarrelsome and impulsive.

Will strike out at the slightest pretext but takes care that he only attacks those who are unable to fend for themselves.

On trial Relieved 4th Oct 1930.


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