Patient Case Study: Brown, Edward

In-patient, 1857-58


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 4129 Date admitted 28 Dec 1857
Name Brown, Edd. Renewed
Age 18 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Labourer Disease W[oun]d of thigh
Parish Bradford P[everell] Discharged 1 Apr 1858
Recommended by Admitted as accident case Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “ACCIDENT.–On Monday evening Edward Brown, carter to Mr. Fookes, miller, of Bradford, was passing the Great Western Railway Station with an empty waggon and two horses, when the animals took fright and ran away at a furious rate. Brown tried all he could to stop them, but was thrown down, sustaining a cut on the right thigh, the left also being severely bruised. The horses continued their career through the town, but were stopped without doing any further injury, except upsetting an empty cart which had been placed by the side of the road at the bottom of Durngate-street. Brown was conveyed to the County Hospital, where he received every attention, and is now progressing favourably.” [Dorset County Chronicle, 31/12/1857, p. 4]
  1. “AMPUTATION OF THIGH. Edward Brown, a carter, was admitted December 28, 1857, with a curved wound situate on the inner side of the right thigh, about three inches above the condyle ; the length of wound was about three inches, it was caused by being trodden on by his horses while endeavouring to stop them, they having run away. The wound did not appear deep, the edges were clean like an incised wound ; it was brought together with sutures, went on well for a day or two, but on removing the sutures, no adhesion had taken place ; it took an inflamation and suppurated, the man being feverish and having an unsatisfactory look. On Saturday night, January 9, 1858, at 11 o’clock, haemorrhage of artificial character occurred to a considerable extent ; the wound was immediately enlarged, clots removed, and the vessel sought for, but could not be found. The wound was them plugged with lint, and strictly watched ; all went on well until Thursday, January 14, when haemorrhage recurred, wound again enlarged, clots removed, but no vessel could be found. It was then determined to tie the femoral under the Sartorius ; but on further examination, the femur in the popliteal space was so much denuded of periosteum, that it was deemed advisable to amputate at the junction of middle and lower third. On examination of the limb, it was found that a small branch, apparently one of the articular, had sloughed at its junction with the main trunk, leaving a small hole in the popliteal. Discharged cured April 1, 1858.” [Statistical report of the principle operations performed during the year 1857. Medical Times & Gazette, 1858, new series, vol. 16, p. 577]