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Reason for Hospitalisation?


Frajohn

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I would appreciate if somebody could tell me the reason for this man being in hospital for 35 days.

I read it as P.W.Q ?

Many thanks

Kind regards

John

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Hi Craig

His name was Theodore W. H. Veale V.C.

8th Devons 10799

Labour Corps 564359

Kind regards

John

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I think it's a badly written P.U.O - Pyrexia of Unknown Origin.

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Craig

I've spent many years trying to decipher doctors' handwriting, and I have to disagree. The 'W' and 'Q' are too well defined for it to be anything else other than PWQ. No idea what this means though, so a fairly pointless post on my part!

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The Greek letter psi (Ψ) is used as a medical shorthand for psychiatry. Perhaps this could represent the final character?

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Sorry, I didn't see the earlier thread naming the individual.

Looking through the service record, he is clearly noted to have had a PUO (pyrexia of unknown origin.... a phase used far more loosely than today) in December 16 / January 17. It is strange that he is noted to have been in France from 25/6/15 to 4/2/17, which overlaps with the time he was supposedly in Hospital in Leicester.

On another sheet, he was also admitted to Leicester Military Hospital (and subsequently Hambleton Hall, Oakham) in February 17 due to "gas poisoning." Quite unfortunate if this was indeed following some time in hospital.

There is no record of BOTH admissions appearing together anywhere. The "P.W.Q" admission mentions Leicester Military Hospital and Hambleton Hall also... why would he visit the same institutions twice, for two separate conditions, both for 35 days? Could this raise the possibility of incorrect transcription, misfiling or incorrect dates?

It seems that he was still suffering the ill-effects of this poisoning in 1919, where he reports feeling "short of wind" with "a few crepitations over the left upper lobe" identified on auscultation of his chest. Although his problem of trapezii swelling was met with a comment of "nothing abnormal."

Sorry if this confuses the matter... but there are a few inconsistencies in the documentation which clouds the issue.

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Not Pyrexia With Q[????} I suppose?

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