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HUNTER, John (1728-1793)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 G/PP17, TH/PP34
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: HUNTER, John (1728-1793)
Date(s): [1787]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Hunter | John | 1728-1793 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1728; worked as cabinet maker for brother-in-law in Glasgow; assisted brother William at his London dissecting room, 1748; attended Chelsea Hospital, 1749-1750; studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1751; appointed a master of anatomy at the Surgeons' Corporation, 1753; surgeon's pupil at St George's Hospital, London, from 1754; matriculated, St Mary Hall, Oxford, 1755; staff surgeon on expedition to Belleisle, 1761; served with British Army in Portugal, 1762; practised as surgeon in Golden Square, London, 1763; Surgeon, St George's Hospital, 1768; took in house pupils including Edward Jenner, 1768; began to lecture on the principles and practice of surgery, 1773; worked on the human placenta and a paper read before the Royal Society, London, 1780; built new museum to house his extensive collection of anatomical specimens, 1785; died, 1793;
Publications include: A treatise on the natural history of the human teeth (London, 1771, 1778); A treatise on the venereal disease (London, 1786); A treatise on the blood, inflammation, and gunshot wounds (published posthumously, London, 1794); Directions for preserving animals and parts of animals for anatomical investigation (London, 1809); The works of John Hunter James Palmer editor 4 volumes (London, 1835-1837); Essays and observations on natural history, anatomy, physiology, psychology and geology Sir R Owen editor 2 volumes (London, 1861).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to John Hunter, comprising notes on his lectures on surgery, 1787, taken by a student, Caleb Woodyer.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 volume

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 Guy's Hospital Library by Thomas Bryant in 1901.

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

Lecture notes held by St Thomas's Hospital; correspondence and papers held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, (reference: Hunter-Baillie); papers held by the Royal Society; correspondence and papers held by the Natural History Museum, London; anatomical notes held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections, (reference: Add MS 34407); miscellaneous papers held by St Georges Hospital Medical School Library; lecture notes, [1765-1787], (reference: MSS 2959-64, 5597-98) and notes on the principles of surgery and venereal diseases (reference: acc 349837), held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; lecture notes (copies), 1813 (reference: MS Don e 116), held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts; lecture notes (reference: NUC MS 66-1486), held by the National Library of Medicine, USA; lecture notes, [1770], held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Hunter); letters (32) to Edward Jenner, 1773-1793, held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; lecture notes, 1777, held by King's College Archives (reference: KCLCA Hunter).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue; John Hunter, 1728-1793 by George Quist (London, 1981). 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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