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HEAVISIDE, John (fl 1792)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0013
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: HEAVISIDE, John (fl 1792)
Date(s): c1792
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Heaviside | John | fl 1792 | surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Heaviside was a medical student and later lectured at Surgeon's Hall.

John Hunter (1728-1793) and his brother William ran a School of Anatomy in Great Windmill Street, opened by William in 1768. John practised as surgeon in Golden Square from 1763 and was Surgeon to St George's Hospital from 1768. He began to lecture on the principles and practice of surgery in 1773. His publications included A treatise on the venereal disease (London, 1786) and A treatise on the blood, inflammation, and gunshot wounds (London, 1794).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Heaviside, c1792, comprising transcript of lecture by John Hunter on fractured patella, gunshot wounds, cancer, scrophula, locked jaw, mortification or partial death, undated; notes from poisons by John Hunter, c1790; notes on lecture by John Hunter on venereal disease;

notes on an introductory lecture to a course of 58 lectures on surgery; notes on a lecture on inflammation; notes on opium; accounts of cases and post-mortem examinations, 1792.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by written appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

In the main, the provenance of these collections is not known. Some were possibly purchased from the sale of John Heaviside's museum in 1829.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal College of Surgeons of England also holds correspondence and papers of John Hunter, letters to Edward Jenner, 1773-1793 and an illustration of Heaviside lecturing at Surgeons Hall by Rowlandson.

Papers are also held by the Royal Society, London; Natural History Museum; anatomical notes (Ref.: Add MS 34407) held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections; surgical lecture notes (Ref: KCLCA Hunter), held by King's College London; 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 Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; lecture notes (copies), 1813, held by Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (Reference: MS Don e 116); lecture notes (Reference: NUC MS 66-1486), held by the National Library of Medicine; lecture notes, [1770] held by Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, (Reference: Hunter; NRA 16015 Coll of Physicians).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Dictionary of National Biography (Smith, Elder and Co, London, 1895); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue. 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 2002

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