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Silvester Family Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.4599-4602, 5869-5870
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Silvester Family Papers
Date(s): 1844-1905
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 items
Name of creator(s): Silvester | Thomas Hookham | 1799-1877 | physician
Silvester | Paul de Hookham | b 1827 | Rector of St Levan
Silvester | Henry Robert | 1829-1908 | surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Hookham Silvester (1799-1877) MD, was founder of the Clapham General Dispensary. He was a pupil of Sir Astley Cooper, and after studying in Paris set up practice at Clapham in 1835, where he founded the Clapham General Dispensary. He retired in 1863.

Paul de Hookham Silvester (1827-?) Rector of St Levan Cornwall, was the older son of T.H. Silvester (1799-1877).

Henry Robert Silvester (1828-1908) MD, physician to the Royal Humane Society, was the younger son of T.H. Silvester (1799-1877). He qualified in London in 1885, and was later physician to the Clapham Hospital and the Royal Humane Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers of the Silvester family, 1844-1905 including (auto)biographical details of the three, copy correspondence, and diary entries. Specifically: T H Silvester's notebook includes personal and professional details, there is also a draft medical paper on venous bruit; Paul de Hookham's papers are an autobiography; whilst Henry Robert Silvester's papers mainly relate to his work on the resuscitation of the apparently drowned or asphyxiated.

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By author.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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