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FORDYCE, George (1736-1802)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 GH/PP9
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: FORDYCE, George (1736-1802)
Date(s): 1786
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 volumes
Name of creator(s): Fordyce | George | 1736-1802 | physican


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Aberdeen, 1736; educated, school at Fouran, University of Aberdeen; trained with his his uncle, Dr John Fordyce of Uppingham, [1851-1855]; medical student, University of Edinburgh, 1855; M D, 1758; studied anatomy under Albinus at Leyden, 1759; commenced a course of lectures on chemistry, 1759; added courses on materia medica and the practice of physic, 1764, and continued to teach for nearly thirty years; licentiate of the College of Physicians, 1765; Physician, St Thomas's Hospital, 1770-1802; Fellow, Royal Society, 1776; 'speciali gratia' fellow of the College of Physicians, 1787; important part in compiling the new 'Pharmacopeia Londinensis,' issued 1788. assisted in forming a Society for the Improvement of Medical and Chirurgical Knowledge, 1793; died, 1802.
Publications include: Elements of Agriculture and Vegetation, [Edinburgh, 1765]; Elements of the Practice of Physic third edition (J Johnson London, 1771); A Treatise on the digestion of food (London, 1791); A Dissertation on Simple Fever, or on fever consisting of one paroxysm only (J Johnson, London, 1794); A second dissertation on fever; containing the history and method of treatment of a regular tertian intermittent (London, 1795); A third dissertation on fever Containing the history and method of treatment of a regular continued fever, supposing it is left to pursue its ordinary course (London, 1798-99); A Fourth Dissertation on Fever. Containing the history of, and remedies to be employed in irregular intermitting fevers (J Johnson, London, 1802); A fifth dissertation on fever, containing the history of, and remedies to be employed in, irregular continued fevers edited by W C Wells (J Johnson, London, 1803).
Daniel Jarvis gained an M. D.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of George Fordyce, comprising notes on his lectures on chronic diseases, 1786, and notes on his lectures on acute diseases, 1786, taken by a student, Daniel Jarvis.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The volumes are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Presented to the Library of Guy's Hospital by 'H W', the grand nephew of Daniel Jarvis.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Lecture notes taken by Daniel Jarvis, on Lowder's lectures on midwifery, undated [1786] (reference: Lowder), and on Henry Cline's lectures on surgery and anatomy, undated [1786], (reference: Cline), held by King's College London College Archives.

Papers of George Fordyce relating to minerals, held by Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department; dissertation on inflammation, c1770, held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Fordyce); papers held by the Royal Society; lecture notes, 1785, held by Somerset Archive and Record Service (reference: DD/PO/115); lectures relating to chemistry taken by John Samwell, 1765, held by Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department (reference: MS Gen 786); lecture notes, 1765, held by Osler Library, McGill University, Montreal; lecture notes, 1781-1782, held by Northwestern University Medical School Library, Chicago; lecture notes, 1774-1790, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 2395-2402, 5279-81); letters to David Garrick, held by the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library; letters to Sir Archibald Grant, 1767-1769, held by the National Archives of Scotland (reference: GD345/1171).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); British Library Public on-line catalogue; Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-line National Register of Archives. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
October 2001

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