Patient Case Study: Webber, James

In-patient, 1855


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3164 Date admitted 15 Feb 1855
Name Webber, James Renewed
Age 34 Under whose care Mr. Curme
Occupation Labourer Disease Malignant tumour
Parish Stalbridge Discharged 29 Mar 1855
Recommended by Revd. J. S. Boucher Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “EXCISION OF MALIGNANT TUMOURS. … Case 2.–A man, aged 34, was admitted into the Dorset County Hospital on account of an ulcerated tumour in the posterior triangle of the neck. He stated that a lump had existed there without material change for seventeen years, and that it had been excited into activity by the use of salt and water as a friction. The ulcerated sore resembled in appearance an open cancer. There had been, prior to admission, rather sharp haemorrhage from it. In the operation it was found to have no connexion with the deep parts, and was easily removed. The subsequent microscopic examination showed it to be epithelial cancer. Recovered.” [Statistical report of the principle operations performed during the quarter ending March, 1855. Medical Times & Gazette, 1855, new series, vol. 10, p. 596]