Patient Case Study: Dare, Anna

In-patient, 1859


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 4702 Date admitted 22 Sep 1859
Name Dare, Anna Renewed
Age 35 Under whose care Dr. Cowdell
Occupation Washerwoman Disease Neuralgia
Parish Weymouth Discharged 29 Sep 1859
Recommended by John Brymer, Esq. Outcome At own request
Note The admission date was 22 Sep, not 23 Sep as stated in the British Medical Journal article (see below)
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1859-64, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/2



  1. “Anna Dare, aged 35, washerwoman, was admitted September 23, 1859, with facial neuralgia and cervical myalgia, which continued more or less for three years, the pain coursing from the left temporal region to the clavicle and scapula, affecting the integument and muscles of the neck, especially the trapezius muscle. She has been blistered and cinchonised for eighteen months, without benefit. She was ordered an injection of a quarter of a grain of morphia into the tissues of the neck, night and morning. Sep. 24th. The patient passed a good night–the first good night for many months. The effect of the injection was sleep in less than ten minutes. Sep. 26th. The patient is improved. The pain in the face is less ; being nervous, she complains of general pain, especially in the morning. She was ordered a shower-bath. Sep. 27th. She will not submit to the shower-baths, or further injections. She was discharged accordingly, relieved.” [Dorset County Hospital. Cases of neuralgia, etc., successfully treated by narcotic injection. Under the care of Charles Cowdell, M.D., Physician to the Hospital. Cases reported by D. W. Phillips, esq., House-Surgeon. British Medical Journal, 11/02/1860, pp. 103-04]