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South, John Flint (1797-1882)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0232
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: South, John Flint (1797-1882)
Date(s): 1811-1871
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): South | John Flint | 1797-1882 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Flint South was born in 1797. He was educated by Rev Samuel Hemming DD, at Hampton, Middlesex, in 1805-1813. He was apprenticed as an articled pupil to Henry Cline the younger, a Surgeon at the St Thomas' Hospital, in 1814. He attended Sir Astley Cooper's lectures on anatomy. He was admitted MRCS in 1819. He became Prosector to the Lecturers on Anatomy at St Thomas's Hospital, and was appointed Conservator of the Museum and Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy, in 1820. He was elected Demonstrator of Anatomy jointly with Bransby Cooper in 1823, and on the retirement of Sir Astley Cooper he was appointed Lecturer on Anatomy in 1825 in preference to Bransby Cooper, an event which brought to a head disagreements between the two Borough Hospitals and led to the separation of the Medical Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's. He was elected Assistant Surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital in 1834, and full Surgeon in 1841. He resigned this post in 1863, having retired from the lectureship of surgery in 1860. At the Royal College of Surgeons, South was a Member of the Council from 1841-1873. He delivered the Hunterian Oration in 1844; he was Professor of Human Anatomy from 1845-1847; a Member of the Court of Examiners from 1849-1868; Chairman of the Midwifery Board in 1859; and a Member of the Dental Board from 1864-1868. He served as Vice-President during the years 1849, 1850, 1858, and 1859, and was elected President in 1851 and 1860. As Vice-President in 1859 he marked his year of office by getting the body of John Hunter re-buried in Westminster Abbey, and wrote the inscription for his monument. South died in 1882.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Flint South, 1811-1871, comprising notes of lectures delivered by John Abernethy, 1818-1820; notes of lectures delivered by Sir Astley Cooper and Henry Cline, 1814-1815; notes of lectures delivered by Sir Astley Cooper and Benjamin Travers, 1816-1818; notes of lectures delivered by Sir William Lawrence, 1819; notes of lectures delivered by William Thomas Brande, 1817-1819; notes of lectures delivered by Henry Cline, early 19th century; anatomical sketches by John Flint South, 19th century; letters to John Flint South from family and friends, 1811-1816; letters to John Flint South and notes on his family, 1817-1871; and a copy of notes of lectures delivered by John Hunter, 1819.

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As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The files of letters were donated by Elizabeth Andreae in 1966. The provenance of the other material is not known.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 2 - MACE-YOU, 1930, p 330.

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:
Sep 2008

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