Patient Case Study: Satchell, Eliza

In-patient, 1848


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 1161 Date admitted 27 Jan 1848
Name Satchell, Eliza Renewed
Age 38 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Labourer’s wife Disease Malignant tumour of the breast
Parish Langton Herring Discharged 6 Apr 1848
Recommended by Rev. F. J. C. Frenow Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “On Sunday morning, the 29th inst., W. D. Tapp, Esq., removed the right breast of Eliza Satchell, a patient in the Dorset County Hospital, for a tumour of a malignant character (medullary sarcoma), which weighed 2¼lbs. The operation was performed under the influence of Chloroform, and was the only means of giving her a chance of recovery.  Up to the present time the patient has been progressing most favourably ; but no very sanguine hopes of her restoration to health can be entertained, as the disease is constitutional, and therefore liable to return to any other part of the body.” [Salisbury & Winchester Journal, 05/02/1848, p. 4]
  1. Eliza Satchell, aged 40, wife of Thomas Satchell, shoemaker of Langton Herring, died of fungus hamatodes of the breast, on 24 Aug 1849 at Langton Herring. [General Register Office death certificate]