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Prize Essays of Guy's Hospital Medical School

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 G/PP5
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Prize Essays of Guy's Hospital Medical School
Date(s): 1844-1916
Level of description: Series of Guy's Hospital Medical School records
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Extent: 18 volumes
Name of creator(s): Guy's Hospital Medical School


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Astley Cooper Prize was established by the will of Astley Cooper, to be given to the best original essay or treatise on a given subject in anatomy, physiology or surgery 'from time to time proposed by the physicians and surgeons of Guy's Hospital'. The prize was awarded every 3 years, the first in 1844, and according to Astley Cooper's will the prize winning essays were presented to the Medical School Library.


Scope and content/abstract:

Essays written by Guy's Hospital Medical School students for prizes, 1844-1915, comprising Astley Cooper Prize winning essays, namely 'Drawings illustrating the Physiology of the Thymus Gland', 1844 by J Simon; 'Pyoemia or Suppurating Fever', by Dr Braidwood of Birkenhead, 1867, (winner, 1868); 'Diseases and Injuries of the Spinal Cord, with plates', [1874], by D J Hamilton; 'An Essay on Diseases and Injuries of Nerves and their Surgical Treatment together with the Operations performed upon Nerve Trunks', by Anthony A Bowlby, 1885 (winner, 1886); 'Tubercular Diseases of Bones and Joints' by William Watson Cheyne, [1889], comprising volume I Pathology, volume II Treatment, volume III Clinical cases, Description of Microscopical Specimens; 'A Dissertation on the Structure and use of the Spleen', by H Gray, [1853]; 'The Physiology and Pathology of the Pituitary Body' by W Blair Bell, [1915];

description of medical and surgical cases for the Richard Bredin Prize for Clinical Study, 1896, by B Burnett Ham;

essays submitted for the Charles Oldham Prize for Ophthalmology, comprising 'Some affections of the eye in congenital syphilis', by Maurice Mitman, 1922; 'Some tumours of the eye', by Donald Francis Durward, 1923; 'Sympathetic ophthalmia', by J R Ratcliffe, 1925;

essays submitted for the Treasurer's Prize, comprising 2 essays on 'The Diagnosis of acute abdominal conditions' by unidentified students, 1908.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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 and Corporate Record Services.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogues are available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The Astley Cooper prize winning essays were presented to the Library of the Medical School.

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College Archives holds minutes of prize funds committees, (Reference: G/adminstrative section) and minutes of the Board of Electors of scholarships and studentships (Reference: G/scholarships).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
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:
December 2002

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