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Eyles, Mr: Copy of Lectures on the Principles of Surgery, from an account by Dr Joseph Adams

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0193
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Eyles, Mr: Copy of Lectures on the Principles of Surgery, from an account by Dr Joseph Adams
Date(s): Late 18th century- early 19th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

"Mr Eyles" cannot be specifically identified, but he is possibly either Albert Eyles, born in 1740, and an apothecary in Cirencester, Gloucestershire; or John Eyles, an apprentice surgeon in 1769. Both these men are listed in Wallis and Wallis, Eighteenth Century Medics (1988).

Dr Joseph Adams, who wrote the original manuscript from which this version was copied, was a pupil of John Hunter. He lived at Hatton Garden, Holborn, and published Life of John Hunter in 1817. Joseph Adams was a corresponding member of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris, a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in London, and the author of Observations on Morbid Poisons. He died before 1823.


Scope and content/abstract:

Mr Eyles' copy of Dr Joseph Adams account of Mr Hunter's Lectures on the Principles of Surgery, late 18th century- early 19th century, comprising a manuscript volume of notes taken at lectures on surgery given by John Hunter (1728-1793).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Library card catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The volume was lent to William Clift on 4 Jun 1827 to compare with Mr Twigge's and Mr Pearce's copies of the same lectures. The volume was presumably returned to the owner.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the college by John Tweedy, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, in 1906.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: 2nd edition of Life of John Hunter by Joseph Adams; and manuscript notes by William Clift at the start of his Croonian Lectures of John Hunter volume.

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:
Sep 2008

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