General collection information
This collection is an index to post-mortem examination records and case books produced at St. George's Hospital and Medical School in London, England, between 1840 and 1920. Post-mortem examinations were routinely performed on patients who died at the hospital and were used to find causes of death and train medical students. The records contain personal information about the deceased patient and notes written by the attending doctor.
Please note some records contain detailed descriptions of injuries.
Using this collection
Records in this collection may include the following information:
This collection can be used to verify that your deceased ancestor was the subject of a post-mortem examination and to discover your ancestor's cause of death and the circumstances of their hospitalisation.
Some common abbreviations and acronyms used in these records include:
Collection in context
These records were created by doctors at St. George's Hospital and Medical School. The bound volumes normally include deaths that occurred in one year in chronological order. Due to the sensitivity of the information, only records created before 1921 have images of the records and personal details about the patient. The original record books are primary historical sources housed at St. George's Archives and Special Collections at the University of London.
St. George's Hospital was founded in 1733 and doctors began training medical students at that time, but a formal register of students was first made in 1752. A new hospital building was constructed in 1829, and a formal medical school was opened in 1834.
St. George's Archives and Special Collections at the University of London. "Collection PM - Post Mortem Examinations and Case Books." Accessed July 1, 2022. https://archives.sgul.ac.uk/post-mortem-examinations-and-case-books.