A NOTE ON OPTHAMOLOGICAL CASE HISTORY SHEETS OF SERFOJI’S DHANVANTRI MAHAL HOSPITAL

 A NOTE ON OPTHAMOLOGICAL CASE HISTORY SHEETS OF SERFOJI’S DHANVANTRI MAHAL HOSPITAL

 

                                                                                 *P.PERUMAL,B.Sc.,(Spl) M.A.,M.L.I.Sc.,

                                                                                         Conservator and Librarian.

                                                                                           T.M.S.S.M.Library, Thanjavur.

 

Rajah Serfoji, King of Tanjore (1798-1832) has diverted his activities for the development of Arts and Culture after  the treaty with British. He collected and purchased  more than 5000 books on European languages and manuscripts on native languages. Medicine was his favourite subject. He had a hospital named “Dhanvantri mahal” in this Palace. It is found from the records that the hospital doctors were practiced Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani and Alopathy systems of Medicine. Most of the recipes practiced by the native Doctors were recorded in manuscript form with eminent Tamil Scholars. Now these manuscripts were brought into book form under 18 headings like Nayanaroga, Kunmaroga, Siraroga, Neerizhivu (Diabetics) etc. Through the records. it is found some foreign Doctors were worked in the hospital and the King has given some amount to run a Alopathy hospital in this Palace. As in present day system, the case history sheets of the patients were maintained. This Library is preserving a volume  records maintained in the eye hospital. This article gives a short note on the those records.

                        Ophthamological Case Sheets

It is a handwritten manuscript of legal size written in English language using Iron gall ink with few Illustrations of the diseased eyes. These records were written during 1827 August to October. Due to ink spreading, the letters are not readable. It was too brittle. Now it is strengthened with Chiffon mending technique and bounded in a book form. Because of the Chiffon mending the visibility of the letter is reduced. There are 48 case history sheets. The first seven sheets have some Illustrations and description in Devanagari script. From 8th to 43rd Sheets, the description is in English. Totally 18 case history sheets have pictures of diseased eye. The case history sheets gives the name of the disease, name of the patient, date of admission, nature of treatment etc., The description of the case sheets are given below:

 

 

Sheet

No.

Name of the

Patient & Age

Name of the

Disease

 

Date of Admission

Date of

Discharge

Cured/Not

Other

Information

Sheets 1-7 has single line description in Devanagari script with illustration.

8

Vaidyalingam

Age-30

Amourosis

17.8.1827

 

 

28.8.1827

Absent

Illustration

9

Sambasivam

Age-22

Cataract Capsula and Trista

 

19.8.1827

30.10.1827

Cured

Illustration

10

Gooroomoorthy

Age-25

Opthalmia Chronica

 

17.8.1827

26.9.1827

Cured

Illustration

11

Nutchitrum

Age-15

Opthalmia Purulenta

 

20.8.1827

24.9.1827

Cured

2 Illustrations

12

Subrayen

Age-22

Albego

 

17.8.1827

 

 

Absent

Illustration

13

Only Illustration. No description

14

Mootommah

Age-22

Opthalmia Purulenta

3.9.1827

15.10.1827

Cured

Illustration

15

Krishnammah

Age-50

Cataract

4.9.1827

30.9.1827

Cured

In his Highness Presence.

Discharged well with

Rs.2 enam

 

 

 

16

Cooppannah

Age-50

Linticular Cataract

7.9.1827

30.9.1827

Cured

In presence of his Highness

Discharged well with

Rs 2 enam

17

Mary

Age-8

Leucoma

15.9.1827

No information

 

 

18

Not  clear

 

 

 

 

 

19

Sundaram

Age-22

Amurosis

Hemerolopia

Night Blindness

17.8.1827

25.8.1827

 

 

Absent

19

Back

side

Nagammah

Age-9

Chronic Ophthalmia

17.8.1827

3.9.1827

 

 

Absent

20

Paramananiagum

Age-30

Opthalmia

26.9.1827

30.9.1827

Cured

 

20 Back

side

Narayanen

Age-22

Leucoma

17.8.1827

15.9.1827

 

 

Absent

No Illustration

21

Soshmah

Age-11

Neubula

14.10.1827

24.10.1827

Cured

No Illustration

21

Back

side

Soobramanien

Age-50

Cataract

2.10.1827

8.10.1827

 

 

Absent

22

Meera Saib

Age-50

Capsula Lenticular

Cataract

Aug.1827

 

 

Absent

22 Back side

Mootamah

Age-8

Lippitulo

4.10.1827

24.10.1827

Cured

 

23

Gopaulsamy

Age-8

Ophthalmia Purulinta

9.10.1827

1.10.1827

Cured

 

23

Back side

Jeeja Bai

Age-67                     

Cataract

Capsula Senticule

16.8.1827

19.8.1827

Cured

Discharged

 With tolerable vision

24

Muttama

Age-6

 

Opthalmia

8.10.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

 

24 Back side

Mungammah

Age-26

Opthalmia

9.10.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

 

25

Venkatechallam

Age-63

Capsular Cataract

19.10.1827

15.11.1827

Cured

 

25

Back side

Subbu Lakshmie

Age-50

 

9.10.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

 

26

Mean Khaun

Age-22

Amaurosis

10.10.1827

11.11.1827

Cured

 

26

Back side

 Puchee

Age-50

Amaurosis

Hemaralapia

8.10.1827

20.10.1827

 

 

Absent

27

Runga Chetty

Age-50

Opthalmia

24.8.1827

15.9.1827

Cured

 

27

Back side

Katha pillay

Age-48

Amourosis

9.10.1827

26.11.1827

     –

Discharged

28

Peramen Ageabout

Age-50

Ophthalmia

 

 

 

20.9.1827

25.9.1827

Cured

 

28

Back side

Kishnamma

Age-60

Lippitudo Phrigium

4.9.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

 

29

Latchmee    Age-55

Neubula

24.9.1827

4.11.1827

Cured

 

29

Back side

Ramasamy

Age-25

Cataract

4.9.1827

9.9.1827

 

 

Absent

30

Rungammah

Age-50

Lippitudo

4.9.1827

20.9.1827

Cured

 

30

Back side

Vinkitatree

Age-55

Ophthalmia

27.9.1827

4.11.1827

Cured

 

31

Letchmee

Age-9

Ophthalmia

17.9.1827

16.10.1827

Cured

 

31

Back side

Coomarasamy

Age-65

Lenticular Cataract of 6 months

7.9.1827

 

 

 

32

Gooroovamah

Age-4

Ophthalmia

14.9.1827

20.9.1827

Cured

 

32

Back side

Rookmaniamah

Age-55

Lenticular Cataract

15.9.1827

26.9.1827

Cured

Discharged with tolerable vision

33

Veerahee

Age-35

Ophthalmia

17.9.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

 

33

Back side

Venketamah

Age-40

Lippitudo

15.9.1827

8.11.1827

Cured

 

34

Sundoshee Pillay

Age-55

Hemarolapia

27.9.1827

20.10.1827

Cured

Discharged

With tolerable

Vision

34

Back side

Samuel

Age-24

Ptyrigium

16.9.1827

25.9.1827

Absent

 

35

Shoollay

Age-8

Nebula

17.9.1827

15.11.1827

Cured

 

35

Back side

Mary

Age-8

Leucoma

15.9.1827

15.10.1827

 

 

Absent

Almost well

36

Veeratha   Age-3

Ophthalmia

17.9.1827

13.11.1827

Cured

 

36

Back side

Letchmee

Age-30

Nebula

15.9.1827

23.9.1827

 

Discharged with lotion of Nitrate of Silver No.4

37

Bhavanmootoo

Age-20

Amaurosis

15.9.1827

20.9.1827

 

Discharged with somewhat vision

37

Back side

Sengmullum

Age-5

Allougo

15.9.1827

20.10.1827

 

Absent

Almost well

38

Age about 56

Cataract

22.9.1827

25.9.1827

 

Dumb man

38

Back side

Aroolanundum

Age-3

Allugo

15.9.1827

15.10.1827

 

 

Absent

Almost well

39

Aroomugum

Age-26

 

Leucoma

15.9.1827

25.11.1827

 

Discharged

39

Back side

Sreeneevaus Achar

Age-35

Ophthalmia C.Cornea Vascular

15.9.1827

2.10.1827

Cured

 

40

Karoopauee

Age-70

Cataract

17.9.1827

19.10.1827

 

Discharged with somewhat vision

40 Back

side

Letchmee

Age-45

Linticular Cataract

18.9.1827

30.9.1827

Cured

 

41

Iankunnoo

Age-30

Ophthalmia

18.9.1827

28.9.1827

Cured

 

41

Back side

Kauder Khaun

Age-24

Amourosis

18.9.1827

1.10.1827

Cured

 

42

Nagamah

Age-55

Cataract

18.9.1827

25.9.1827

Cured

 

42

Back side

Rutchannah Cootty

Age-55

Cataract

23.9.1827

10.10.1827

 

 

Absent quite well

43

Aroomugum

Age-55

Pterygium and Albugo

19.9.1827

4.11.1827

Cured

 

43

Back side

Veeraragoo

Age-7

Ophthalmia

1.10.1827

 

 

 

Absent

                 

 

These are the information available in Opthamological Case sheets of Raja Serfoji’s Dhanvantri Mahal Hospital.

 

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