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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 T/ELSE M52-56 LMA reference: H1/ST/MS/H4/1-4
ELSE, Joseph (d 1780): St Thomas's papers
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 volumes


Name of creator(s)

ELSE, Joseph (d 1780): St Thomas's papers

Administrative / Biographical history

Joseph Else was Surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital, London from 1768 to 1780. He was appointed Lecturer in Anatomy and Surgery in 1768 on the unification of the medical schools of St Thomas's and Guy's Hospitals.

Publications: An essay on the cure of the hydrocele of the tunica vaginalis testis (London, 1770); The works of ... J. E., ... containing a treatise on the hydrocele, and other papers on different subjects in surgery. To which is added, an appendix, containing some cases of hydrocele ... by G Vaux (London, 1782); [An account of a successful method of treating sore legs.] Méthode avantageuse de traiter les ulcères des jambes in [Surgical tracts, containing a treatise upon ulcers of the legs.] Traité sur les ulcères des jambes, etc by Michael Underwood M D pp 217-228 (1744 [1784]).

Archival history

The notes on Else's anatomical lectures, [1780] taken by an unidentified pupil, were owned by R[ichard] Whitfield. The lecture notes by Thomas Basnett were owned by William Tiffin Iliff, his nephew.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The lecture notes taken by John Williams were presented by G Bransby-Williams in 1945.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Joseph Else, 1775-1781, comprising notes on his anatomical lectures, 1775, and notes on his lectures on surgery, 1775-1776, taken by a student, Thomas Basnett; notes on his lectures on anatomy delivered at St Thomas's Hospital, [1779-1780], including notes of a lecture by Astley Cooper, taken by a student, John Williams; notes on his anatomical lectures delivered at St Thomas's Hospital, [1780], including notes on John Hunter's lectures on anatomy, 1781, taken by an unidentified pupil; notes on his lectures on diseases of the bones, probably taken by W Cribb, [1779]; notes on his anatomical and surgical lectures, 1780, taken by a pupil, Thomas Byrdall Hugo.

System of arrangement

The volumes are unsorted.

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 Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


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). A card index is also available.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Lecture notes of Else, 1785 and undated, are held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 2292, 6918).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission 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). 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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  • Anatomy
  • Biology Diseases
  • Higher science education Surgery
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology Medical education

Personal names

  • Basnett, Thomas (fl 1775-1776), Medical student
  • Cooper, Sir Astley Paston (1768-1841), 1st Baronet, Surgeon
  • Else, Joseph (d 1780), Anatomist
  • Hugo, Thomas Byrdall (fl 1780), Medical student
  • Williams, John (fl 1779-1780), Medical student

Corporate names

  • St Thomas's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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