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YELLOWLY, John (1774-1842)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0113 MS-YELLJ
Held at: Royal College of Physicians
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Full title: YELLOWLY, John (1774-1842)
Date(s): 1975 (Photocopy of 1827 and 1944 documents)
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Yellowly | John | 1774-1842 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Yellowly was born 30 April 1774 at Alnwick, Northumberland. He was educated locally before studying medicine at Edinburgh, where he graduated MD on 12 September 1796.

He was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in September 1800 and, at about that time, was elected physician to the General Dispensary. Yellowly was an active figure in establishing the Medico-Chirurgical Society of London in 1805 (which became the Royal Society of Medicine in 1907), and remained interested in the affairs of the Society throughout his life.

In September 1807 he was elected physician to the London Hospital. As well as a good practitioner and chemist, he was `a person of considerable scientific attainments' (Munk's Roll, 1878, p.471). Yellowly was a Fellow of the Royal and of the Geological Societies.

In 1818 he resigned his office at the London Hospital and left London to settle in Norwich. In 1820 he was appointed physician to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. In 1832 Yellowly retired from the practice of his profession and withdrew to Woodton Hall, Norfolk, and then to Cavendish Hall.

He died at Cavendish Hall on 31 January 1842, aged 67.

Remarks on the Tendency to Calculous Diseases, with Observations on the Nature of Urinary Concretions; and an Analysis of a Large Part of the Collection Belonging to the Norwich and Norfolk Hospital (London, 1829; sequel, London 1830)
Observations on the Arrangements Connected with the Relief of the Sick Poor, in a Letter to Lord John Russell (London, 1837)


Scope and content/abstract:

Yellowly's journal of his Dutch tour, 1827, and later correspondence regarding the original manuscript, 1944 (photocopy)

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Conditions governing reproduction:

All requests should be referred to the Archivist

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Copy obtained from Norfolk Record Office, 9 July 1975

Allied Materials

Related material:

See 3.5.1

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London, vol. II, 1701-1800, William Munk (London, 1878) [Munk's Roll, 1878, p.471]; Historical Manuscripts On-Line National Register of Archives.
Compiled by Katharine Williams

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:
Compiled May 2003; Modified September 2003

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