J. G., aged 32, naval pensioner, was transferred from Fisherton House to the Portsmouth Borough Asylum, on October 21, 1879. No heredity. Father living, active and intelligent. No history of phthisis or drink in family. He entered the Royal Navy as a boy, and was always regarded as a steady, intelligent seaman. Fight years ago he was a first-class seaman gunner. At this date some object fell from the rigging upon his occiput, and rendered him unconscious for a short time, but apparently produced no further result. After this he went through a three months' torpedo training on the “Vernon,” and passed the examination at the end of the course with credit. This indicates that most of his intellectual faculties at that time (about five years ago) were quite unimpaired, as the examination is one which very many fail to pass. Shortly after this he was drafted into the coastguard. About six years ago he married, and has two children—both weakly, but apparently of fair intelligence. About three years ago his wife died after childbirth (the stomach was found post-mortem protruding through the diaphragm and lying under the left clavicle). This event seemed to prey upon patient, and he grew very depressed and vacant. He was treated at first at Haslar Hospital and then at Great Yarmouth Asylum (1878). When his pension ceased he was discharged to the Portsea Island Union. After he had been here a month he assumed the attitude to be presently described, and on April 30, 1879, was admitted to Fisherton House. He is described as having been “silly” in the Workhouse, grinning without cause, never speaking, and standing for long periods in one attitude. A few days before admission to Fisherton he assumed the attitude of a corpse in a coffin.
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