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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 T/COOPER M38-M40
Title
COOPER, Sir Astley Paston (1768-1841): St Thomas's
Date(s)
1808-1811
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 volumes

Context

Name of creator(s)

COOPER, Sir Astley Paston (1768-1841): St Thomas's

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Brooke Hall near Norwich, 1768; educated at home; apprenticed to his uncle, William Cooper, surgeon to Guy's Hospital, 1784; soon after transferred to Henry Cline, surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital; Edinburgh Medical School, 1787-1788; Demonstrator of anatomy, St Thomas's Hospital, 1789; joint lecturer with Cline in anatomy and surgery, 1791; lectured on anatomy at the College of Surgeons, 1793-1796; Surgeon, Guy's Hospital, 1800-1825; private practice rapidly increased; Fellow, Royal Society, 1802; made post-mortem examinations wherever possible, and was often in contact with 'resurrectionists'; a founder and first treasurer, 1805, President, 1819-1820, Medical and Chirurgical Society of London; Professor of Comparative Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons, 1813; lectured, 1814-1815; performed a small operation on George IV, 1820; by the bestowal of a baronetcy; examiner at the College of Surgeons, 1822; published his 'Dislocations and Fractures of the Joints', 1822; resigned his lectureship at St. Thomas's, 1825; instigator of the founding of a separate medical school at Guy's Hospital; Consulting Surgeon to Guy's Hospital; President, College of Surgeons, 1827, 1836; Sergeant-Surgeon to King William IV, 1828; Vice-President, Royal Society, 1830; died, 1841.


Publications include: The Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Inguinal and Congenital Hernia (Crural and Umbilical Hernia) (printed for T Cox; sold by Messrs Johnson, etc, London, 1804); A Treatise on Dislocations, and on Fractures of the Joints (Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown; E Cox & Son, London, 1822); The Lectures of Sir Astley Cooper, Bart., F.R.S. ... on the Principles and Practice of Surgery: with additional notes and cases, by Frederick Tyrrell 3 volumes (Thomas & George Underwood, London, 1824-1827); Illustrations of the Diseases of the Breast ... In two parts (Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green: London, 1829; Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Surgery Second edition (F C Westley, London, 1830); Observations on the Structure and Diseases of the Testis (Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green; Highley & Underwood, London, 1830); The Anatomy of the Thymus Gland (Longman, Rees, Orme, Green & Brown, London, 1832). 

William Gruggen entered St Thomas's Hospital as a pupil on 8th October, 1809.

Archival history

The notes of James Ware were presented by A M Ware in 1902.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1808-1811, comprising lectures notes on surgery, delivered 1808, taken by a student George William Davies; notes on lectures on surgery, delivered, 1809-1811, taken by a student, William Gruggen; shorthand notes attributed to James Ware, the occulist, on a second course on lectures on surgery, delivered, 1810.

System of arrangement

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

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services

Language/scripts of material

English and 1 volume in shorthand

Finding aids

Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and papers of Cooper are held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; lecture notes, 1806-1807, are held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: Cooper); lecture notes, 1809-1815 (reference: MSS 1857-60, 5606) and 1816-1817 (reference: MS 7096) are held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; lecture notes, 1803-1832, are held by the McGill University, Osler Library, Canada; correspondence with Charles Lowe, 1824, held by Lincolnshire Archives (reference: Lowe); correspondence, 1823-1826, with Sir Robert Peel, held by the British Library, (reference: Add MSS 40359-90 passim); letters to T J Pettigrew, 1815-1838, held by Beinecke Library, Yale University; letters to the Duke of Wellington, 1833-1839, held by Southampton University Library (reference: MS 61).

Publication note

The Life of Sir Astley Cooper, Bart., interspersed with sketches from his note-books of distinguished contemporary characters Bransby Blake Cooper 2 volumes (John W Parker, London, 1843); The Life and Work of Astley Cooper Russell Claude Brock (Edinburgh & London, 1952).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line catalogue; Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984); 'List of Books by Guy's Men in the Wills Library, Guy's Hospital' William Wale, in Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXVII, 1913. 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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2002

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Subjects

  • Higher science education
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Gruggen, William (fl 1809-1811), Medical student
  • Cooper, Sir Astley Paston (1768-1841) 1st Baronet, Surgeon
  • Davies, George William (1808), Medical student
  • Ware, James (fl 1810), Occulist

Corporate names

  • St Thomas's Hospital, London

Places

  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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