Patient Case Study: Chalker, Richard

In-patient, 1855


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3270 Date admitted 14 Jun 1855
Name Chalker, Richard Renewed
Age 5 Under whose care Mr. Curme
Occupation Porter’s child Disease
Parish Weymouth Discharged 6 Aug 1855
Recommended by Weymouth Union Outcome Cured
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “LITHOTOMY. … Case 7.–A boy, under 5, in bad health, under the care of Mr. Curme, in the Dorset County Hospital. He suffered very much from prolapse of rectum, and for this it was necessary to pursue treatment preparatory to the operation. Injections of sesquichloride of iron (3iij. to 0j.) were used, and scammony purges given, by which latter two large lumbrici were brought away. The urine was phosphatic. The stone having always been felt at the same spot, near the neck of the bladder it was believed to be encysted. The removal was effected without unusual difficulty. It weighed nearly half-an-ounce, and showed a constriction at its middle, as if its larger half had lain in a pouch. The smaller and projecting part was much softer than the other. The boy recovered well.” [Statistical report of the principle operations performed during the quarter ending June, 1855. Medical Times & Gazette, 1855, new series, vol. 11, p. 343]

Comment: The fact that no disease is given in admissions register weakens the identification, however there are no other children aged around 5 years, admitted during the time period covered by the surgeon’s report, who fit the description.