Patient Case Study: Muston, Grace

In-patient, 1857 (died)


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 4036 Date admitted 10 Sep 1857
Name Muston, Grace Renewed
Age 64 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Servant’s wife Disease Cancer of mammaria
Parish Shillingston[e] Discharged 30 Sep 1857
Recommended by Rev. J. Fox Junr. Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “OPERATIONS FOR TUMOURS OF THE BREAST. … Case 51.–The Dorset County : Mr. Tapp.–A woman, in tolerable health, aged 64. A growth of hard cancer, the size of a chestnut, existed in one breast, and had been noticed for more than two years. It was excised, and the wound did well up to the fourth day, when a slight blush of erysipelas attacked it. This passed off, but she remained feeble, and without appetite. After a while one wrist-joint swelled, and then both legs became oedematous, and there was swelling about one ankle-joint. No fluctuation was ever detected in either joint. Stimulants and quinine were freely used, but on the 20th day, whilst taking her dinner, she suddenly became much worse, and died in about half an hour. No autopsy was permitted.” [Statistical report of the principle operations performed during the year 1857. Medical Times & Gazette, 1858, new series, vol. 16, p. 656]
  1. Grace Muston, aged 63, of Shillingstone, died 30 Sep 1857 and buried on 4 Oct 1857 at Shillingstone. Causa mortis – Carcinoma. [Dorset History Centre, Shillingstone burial register, PE/SHI: RE 4/1, p. 48, entry 383]