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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP26
GREEN, Joseph Henry (1791-1863)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 volumes, 1 file


Name of creator(s)

Green, Joseph Henry, 1791-1863, anatomist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, London, 1791; studied in Germany, [1806-1809]; apprenticed at the College of Surgeons to his uncle, Henry Cline; pupil at St Thomas's Hospital; demonstrator of anatomy, St Thomas's Hospital, 1813; diploma of the College of Surgeons, 1815; private surgical practice in Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1815-1836; private course in philosophy in Berlin, 1817; Lecturer on anatomy and later surgery, St Thomas's Hospital, 1818-[1852]; Surgeon, St Thomas's Hospital, 1820-1852; Professor of Anatomy, College of Surgeons, 1824; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1825; Professor of Anatomy to the Royal Academy, 1825-1852; Professor of Surgery, King's College, 1830-1837; close friend and was literary executor of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1834, becoming interested in systematising, developing, and establishing the doctrines of Coleridgean philosophy; life member, 1835, examiner, 1846, President, 1849-1850, 1858-1859, College of Surgeons; Hunterian orator, 1841, 1847; DCL, Oxford, 1853; College of Surgeons representative on the General Medical Council, 1858; president, General Medical Council, 1860-1863; died, 1863. Publications include: A letter to Sir Astley Cooper ... on certain proceedings connected with the establishment of an anatomical and surgical school at Guy's Hospital (London, 1825); The dissector's manual (printed for the Author, London, 1820); Distinction without separation. A letter to the President of the College of Surgeons on the present state of the profession (London, 1831); An address delivered in King's College, London, at the commencement of the medical session, Octr. 1832 (London, 1832); Suggestions respecting the intended plan of medical reform (London, 1834); A Manual of Modern Surgery, founded upon the principles and practice lately taught by Sir Astley Cooper Bart. ... and Joseph Henry Green edited by T Castle, fifth edition (W Rushton & Co, Calcutta, 1839); The principles and practice of Ophthalmic Surgery: comprising the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the eye, with the treatment of its diseases by B Travers and J H Green, edited by Alexander Cooper Lee (London, 1839); Vital dynamics. The Hunterian oration (W Pickering: London, 1840); The touchstone of medical reform; in three letters addressed to Sir Robert Harry Inglis, Bart (London, 1841); Mental Dynamics, or Groundwork of a professional education. The Hunterian Oration (London, 1847); Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, and some miscellaneous pieces, etc [With an introduction by Joseph H Green] Samuel Taylor Coleridge (William Pickering: London, 1849); Spiritual philosophy 2 volumes (London, Cambridge,1865).

Archival history

The notes of lectures on anatomy, physiology and surgery taken by an unidentified student, 1825, were owned by B F H Parker-Wood, and were presented to St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library by Mrs Parker-Wood in 1953.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Joseph Henry Green, comprising notes of his lectures on anatomy, physiology and surgery, delivered at St Thomas's Hospital, taken by an unidentified student, 1825; clinical reports of cases in St Thomas's Hospital under Mr Green, 1824-1826, prepared by one of his dressers for a prize; clinical reports of cases in St Thomas's Hospital under Mr Green, 1832-1836, probably prepared by John Simon (Sir John Simon was an apprentice of Green at this time); incomplete report of a medical case, possibly by Green, undated [mid 19th century].

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

Letter from Joseph Henry Green to John Simon, [1850] (reference: TH/PP SIMON), held by St Thomas's Hospital Library. Lecture notes of Green are held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Diseases
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Green, Joseph Henry, 1791-1863, Anatomist
  • Green, Joseph Henry, 1791-1863, Surgeon and Natural philosopher
  • Simon, Sir, John, 1816-1904, Knight, Sanitary reformer

Corporate names

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


  • Southwark, London, England

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