Patient Case Study: Gover, Hester Talbot

In-patient, 1851 (died)


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 1864 Date admitted 6 Jan 1851
Name Gover, Hester Renewed
Age 35 Under whose care Mr. Tapp
Occupation Lab[ourer]’s wife Disease Strict[ure] of osophagus
Parish Corfe Castle Discharged 13 Mar 1851
Recommended by Revd. E. Banks Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “The following note of a Postmortem [sic] examination made upon Hester Gover, March 18, was presented to the Committee: Body emaciated, a firm stricture of two inches in extent surrounding the asophagus [sic], opposite to the thyroid cartilage. Lungs healthy – pericardium distended containing about three or four ounces of a turbulent fluid.” [Dorset History Centre, management committee minutes 1851-56, NG/HH/DO[C]/1/2/1, entry for 20/03/1851]
  1. Hester Talbot Gover, aged 36, from Dorchester Infirmary, buried on 18 Mar 1851 at Corfe Castle. [Dorset History Centre, Corfe Castle burial register, PE/COC: RE 13, p. 149, entry 1185]