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Howitt, Thomas (fl 1830-1887)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0092
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Howitt, Thomas (fl 1830-1887)
Date(s): 1830-1922
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Howitt | Thomas | fl 1830-1887 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Howitt, was the son of Thomas Howitt (1785-1846), and followed his father in general practice at Lancaster. Howitt became MRCS in 1831, and in the same year became a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries. He was elected FRCS in 1853. Howitt was dresser to Sir Charles Bell at Middlesex Hospital in 1830 and in 1832 visited Paris and studied French Hospital Practice, particularly the technique of Baron Dupuytren. He was Surgeon, and afterwards Consulting Surgeon, to the Lancaster Infirmary, Surgeon to the Lancaster Yeomanry, and Justice of the Peace for Lancaster. He died in 1886 or 1887.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Thomas Howitt, 1830-1922, comprising a volume containing notes of lectures by Sir Charles Bell and Herbert Mayo, amongst others, on topics such as teeth, surgery, ovarian diseases, urethra diseases, head injuries, abcesses, and Pleuralgia, c 1830; diary and notes made during a visit to study French hospital practice in Paris, 1832-1833; medical case notes, 1832-1838; recipes for products such as shaving soap and cold cream; a letter from Howitt and J Brockbank to the physicians and surgeons of the Lancaster General Hospital, concerning a patient too poor to pay for medicine; and a letter from Aunt Fanny to Billy, presumably William Howitt Hastings (MRCS 1905), grandson of Thomas Howitt FRCS, 15 Mar 1922, relating to handing over the notebook from her into his care.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Additional manuscripts catalogue.

Archival Information

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Aug 2008

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