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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 G/S1
GUY'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL SCHOOL: Guy's Society for Clinical Reports
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
168 volumes and 62 folders


Name of creator(s)

Guy's Society for Clinical Reports

Administrative / Biographical history

Guy's Society for Clinical Reports was established in 1836 by pupils, with the support of the Treasurer Benjamin Harrison. The Society's aim was 'to preserve and disseminate useful information collected by pupils from the Hospital'. The influence of Thomas Hodgkin appears to have been instrumental in the establishment of the Society. All students attending the hospital were eligible to be members. The students of the Society were allotted in groups to each Physician and Surgeon to report selected cases. They met once a week in the clincial report room of the hospital to describe the cases of most interest. Reports of each case were to be drawn up in 'a condensed tabular shape according to a formula arranged by the society', and were expected to be in minute detail. The wards were arranged in two divisions, and their reports were given to the Secretary on alternate weeks, the completed cases extracted and the papers returned. A daily list of admissions of the previous day and a journal of cases recording all cases in the hospital were also kept in the report room. In 1846 it was made obligatory for all students to report cases, partly due to the success of the Clinical Report Society.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of Guy's Society for Clinical Reports, 1836-1874, comprising general reports, 1836-1845, comprising annual and half yearly reports of the Society; surgical and clinical registers for various wards of Guy's Hospital, 1837-1848, containing brief details of patients, including name, complaint, treatment and outcome; case reports, 1836-1845, giving detailed reports on patients admitted to Guy's Hospital including the name of the physician or surgeon, and in some volumes arranged by type of complaint, such as injuries/diseases of the nervous system, lungs and appendages, lymphatics, skin or cellular tissue, urino-genital system, fevers and poisoning; case reports of patients at Guy's Hospital taken by the pupils of surgeons and physicians, 1847-1866, recording details such as name, description of condition, symptoms, treatment and progress, comprising surgical and some clinical case reports of patients of Mr John Hilton and Mr Charles Aston Key, 1851-1866; surgical and some clinical case reports of patients of Mr Bransby Blake Cooper and Mr John Birkett, 1847-1866, including some volumes arranged by ward, such as patients admitted to the Accident Ward, 1853-1866; surgical case reports of patients of Mr Bransby Blake Cooper and Mr Edward Cock, 1850-1851; surgical case reports of patients of Mr Edward Cock, 1848-1866, including some volumes arranged by ward, with indexes of medical conditions; surgical case reports of patients of Mr John Morgan, 1847-1850; surgical case reports of patients of Mr John Frederick France, 1847-1850; surgical case reports of patients of Mr Alfred Poland, 1856-1866, arranged by ward; surgical case reports of Mr Henry Oldham and Mr Thomas Bryant's patients, 1856-1866; surgical case reports of patients of Dr Benjamin Guy Babington admitted to Charity Ward, c1854-1855; surgical case reports of patients of Mr John Cooper Forster, 1857-1861; surgical case reports of operations performed on patients admitted to Guy's Hospital, 1872-1874; rough case notes of patients of surgeons and physicians at Guy's Hospital, recording details such as name, disease, treatment, diet and outcome, covering patients of Mr John Hilton, [1857-1858]; Mr Edward Cock, [1857-1858]; Mr John Cooper Forster, [1857-1861]; Mr Alfred Poland, [1857-1858]; Mr John Frederick France, 1857-[1858]; Mr Thomas Bryant, 1857-[1858]; Mr John Birkett, [1857-1860]; Dr William Withey Gull, [1857-1858]; Dr William Withey Gull and Dr Frederick William Pavy, 1865-1866; Dr Henry Marshall Hughes, [1857-1858]; Dr Samuel Osborne Habershon, [1857-1858]; Dr Thomas Addison, [1857-1858]; Dr George Hilaro Barlow, [1857-1858]; Dr Samuel Wilks, 1857-1858; volumes of rough case notes of surgical cases at Guy's Hospital, 1870-1871.

System of arrangement

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 Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogues are available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Mr Guy's Hospital 1726-1948 H C Cameron (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1954); 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; November 2002

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  • Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Documents
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Hospitals
  • Information Sources
  • Injuries
  • Lung diseases
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical students
  • Nervous system diseases
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Patients
  • Physicians
  • Poisoning
  • Skin diseases
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social welfare
  • Students
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology

Personal names

  • Addison, Thomas, 1793-1860, Physician
  • Babington, Benjamin Guy, 1794-1866, Physician
  • Barlow, George Hilaro, d 1866, Physician
  • Birkett, John, 1815-1904, Surgeon
  • Bryant, Thomas, 1828-1914, Surgeon
  • Cock, Edward, d 1892, Surgeon
  • Cooper, Bransby Blake, 1792-1853, Surgeon
  • Forster, John Cooper, 1823-1886, Surgeon
  • France, John Frederick, fl 1848-1861, Opthalmologist
  • Gull, Sir William Withey, 1816-1890, Baronet, Physician
  • Habershon, Samuel Osborne (d 1889), Physician
  • Hilton, John (1804-1878), Surgeon
  • Hughes, Henry Marshall, 1805-1858, Physician
  • Key, Charles Aston, 1793-1849, Surgeon
  • Morgan, John, 1797-1848, Surgeon
  • Oldham, Henry, 1815-1902, Surgeon
  • Pavy, Frederick William, 1829-1911, Physician
  • Poland, Alfred, d 1872, Surgeon
  • Wilks, Sir Samuel, 1824-1911, Baronet, Physician

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Medical School
  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • Guy's Society for Clinical Reports


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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