Patient Case Study: Elkins, Sarah

In-patient, 1858 (died)


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 4356 Date admitted 9 Sep 1858
Name Elkins, Sarah Renewed
Age 23 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Dressmaker Disease Dis[ease] of knee
Parish Sturminster N[ewton] Discharged 21 Oct 1858
Recommended by Rev. G. Abbott Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “AMPUTATION. Of the Thigh. … Case 43.–The Dorset : Mr. Tapp.–A woman, aged 23, the subject of diseased knee-joint, and in very feeble health. Amputation of the thigh. Death forty hours afterwards. She had appeared to do well during the day of the operation ; but her pulse subsequently without apparent cause became very rapid, and the tongue coated, with great irritability of stomach. The autopsy showed peritonitis in an early stage.” [Statistical report of the principle operations performed during 1858. Medical Times & Gazette, 1859, new series, vol. 18, p. 497]
  1. Sarah Elkins, aged 23, of Sturminster Newton, buried on 27 Oct 1858 at Sturminster Newton. [Dorset History Centre, Sturminster Newton burial register, PE/SN: RE 4/2, p. 186, entry 1487]