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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Arlidge, John Thomas (1822-1899)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0047

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Arlidge, John Thomas (1822-1899)

Date(s): 1847-1849

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Arlidge | John Thomas | 1822-1899 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Thomas Arlidge was born in Chatham, Kent, in 1822. He was an apprenticed to a general practitioner in Rochdale, and then studied at Kings College London, where he graduated in 1846. Also in 1846 he was elected as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. He worked as Physician at the West of London Hospital and Chelsea, Brompton and Belgravia Dispensary; Physician at the Surrey and Farringdon General Dispensary, and Resident Medical Superintendant at St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics. He published his paper On the state of lunacy and the legal provision for the insane, with observations on the construction and organization of asylums. in 1859. Arlidge was appointed a consultant physician to the North Staffordshire Infirmary in 1862, and was the first person to look systematically at life-expectancy in the pottery industry. He made important investigations into the disease known as potter's phthisis and the effects of lead poisoning. Arlidge published Hygiene, Diseases and Mortality of Occupations in 1892, which became his chief work. He was then appointed a member of the Royal Commission in 1893 on conditions of employment in the Potteries. He was elected Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1878. He died in 1899.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Thomas Arlidge, 1847-1849, comprising notes on dissections, anatomical and related topics, compiled while he was a student of anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of the volume is unknown.


Related material:

Other volumes of work by Students of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England: See MS0033 - Falconer, John; MS0047 - Arlidge, John Thomas; MS0058 - Hulme, Edward Charles and Skinner, George Robert; MS0074 - Williams, John; MS0132 - Monckton, David Henry; MS0133 - Hallett, George Henry; MS00134 - Carter, Henry Vandyke; MS0135 - Lizars, John and Silvester, Henry Robert; MS0136 - Sylvester, John Henry.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Sources: Monk's Roll Volume IV 1826-1925; Medical Directories 1848-1849; and Stoke-on-Trent website

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

Anatomy | Biology
Animals | Zoology
Dissection | Scientific methods
Medical education | Higher science education
Surgery | Medical sciences

Personal names
Arlidge | John Thomas | 1822-1899 | physician

Corporate names
Royal College of Surgeons of England