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SHARP, Samuel (? 1700-1778)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 G/PP2/22
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: SHARP, Samuel (? 1700-1778)
Date(s): [1739]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Sharp | Samuel | ?1700-1778 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Jamaica, about 1700; apprentice to William Cheselden, surgeon at St Thomas's Hospital, 1724-1731; spent part of his apprenticeship in France, met Voltaire, and acquired a knowledge of French surgery; freeman of the Barber-Surgeons' Company, 1731; admitted to the Barber-Surgeons' Company, 1732; Surgeon, Guy's Hospital, 1733-1757; assisted Cheselden with his Osteographia, published 1733; acquired an extensive medical practice; resigned his course of anatomical lectures to William Hunter, 1746; Fellow, Royal Society of London, 1749; member, Paris Royal Society, 1749; continued to practise until 1765; toured Italy, 1765; died, 1778.
Publications include: A Treatise on the Operations of Surgery, with a description and representation of the instruments used in performing them, to which is prefix'd an introduction on the nature and treatment of wounds, abscesses and ulcers (London, 1739); A Critical Enquiry into the present state of Surgery (London, 1750); Letters from Italy, describing the customs and manners of that country, in the years 1765, and 1766. To which is annexed, an Admonition to gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their tour through Italy (printed by R Cave; sold by W Nicol, London, 1766).


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript of Samuel Sharp's 'Treatise on the Operations of Surgery, with a Description and Representation of the Instruments used in performing them', [1739].

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 and Corporate Record Services.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); British Library Public Catalogue On-line; D T Bird (London, 1984); 'List of Books by Guy's Men in the Wills Library, Guy's Hospital' William Wale, in Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXVII. 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; revised January 2003

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