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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP24
FORDYCE, George (1736-1802)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
55 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Fordyce, George, 1736-1802, physician

Administrative / Biographical history

George Fordyce: born, Aberdeen, 1736; educated, school at Fouran, University of Aberdeen; trained with his uncle, Dr John Fordyce of Uppingham, physician, [1751-1755]; medical student, University of Edinburgh; MD, 1758; studied anatomy at Leyden under Albinus, 1759; began a course of lectures on chemistry in London, 1759; added courses on materia medica and the practice of physic, 1764, and continued to teach for nearly thirty years; licentiate of the College of Physicians, 1765; Physician, St Thomas's Hospital, 1770-1802; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1776; 'speciali gratia' fellow of the College of Physicians, 1787; assisted in the compilation of the new Pharmacopeia Londinensis, issued 1788; assisted in forming a Society for the Improvement of Medical and Chirurgical Knowledge, 1793; died, 1802. Publications include: Elements of Agriculture and Vegetation [Edinburgh, 1765]; Elements of the Practice of Physic third edition (J Johnson, London, 1771); A Treatise on the digestion of food (London, 1791); A Dissertation on Simple Fever, or on fever consisting of one paroxysm only (J Johnson, London, 1794); A second dissertation on fever; containing the history and method of treatment of a regular tertian intermittent (London, 1795); A third dissertation on fever Containing the history and method of treatment of a regular continued fever, supposing it is left to pursue its ordinary course (London, 1798-1799); A Fourth Dissertation on Fever. Containing the history of, and remedies to be employed in irregular intermitting fevers (J. Johnson, London, 1802); A fifth dissertation on fever, containing the history of, and remedies to be employed in, irregular continued fevers Edited by W C Wells (J Johnson, London, 1803).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The volume of lecture notes on physiology, [1770], were presented to St Thomas's Hospital by Dr E G F Skinner of Alberta, Canada in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Four manuscript volumes containing notes on the chemistry lectures of George Fordyce, taken by an unidentified student [1788]; one manuscript volume containing notes on George Fordyce's lectures on Physiology [1770].

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


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers relating to minerals, held by Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department; dissertation on inflammation, c1770, held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Fordyce); papers held by the Royal Society; lecture notes, 1785, held by Somerset Archive and Record Service (reference: DD/PO/115); lectures relating to chemistry taken by John Samwell, 1765, held by Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department (reference: MS Gen 786); lecture notes, 1765, held by Osler Library, McGill University, Montreal; lecture notes, 1781-1782, held by Northwestern University Medical School Library, Chicago; lecture notes, 1774-1790, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 2395-2402, 5279-81); letters to David Garrick, held by the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library; letters to Sir Archibald Grant, 1767-1769, held by the National Archives of Scotland (reference: GD345/1171).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); 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. Revised January 2004

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  • Chemistry
  • Diseases
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Physiology
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Fordyce, George, 1736-1802, Physician

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England

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