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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 G/PP5
Level of description
Series of Guy's Hospital Medical School records
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
18 volumes


Name of creator(s)


Administrative / Biographical history

The Astley Cooper Prize was established by the will of Astley Cooper, to be given to the best original essay or treatise on a given subject in anatomy, physiology or surgery 'from time to time proposed by the physicians and surgeons of Guy's Hospital'. The prize was awarded every 3 years, the first in 1844, and according to Astley Cooper's will the prize winning essays were presented to the Medical School Library.

Archival history

The Astley Cooper prize winning essays were presented to the Library of the Medical School.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Essays written by Guy's Hospital Medical School students for prizes, 1844-1915, comprising Astley Cooper Prize winning essays, namely 'Drawings illustrating the Physiology of the Thymus Gland', 1844 by J Simon; 'Pyoemia or Suppurating Fever', by Dr Braidwood of Birkenhead, 1867, (winner, 1868); 'Diseases and Injuries of the Spinal Cord, with plates', [1874], by D J Hamilton; 'An Essay on Diseases and Injuries of Nerves and their Surgical Treatment together with the Operations performed upon Nerve Trunks', by Anthony A Bowlby, 1885 (winner, 1886); 'Tubercular Diseases of Bones and Joints' by William Watson Cheyne, [1889], comprising volume I Pathology, volume II Treatment, volume III Clinical cases, Description of Microscopical Specimens; 'A Dissertation on the Structure and use of the Spleen', by H Gray, [1853]; 'The Physiology and Pathology of the Pituitary Body' by W Blair Bell, [1915]; description of medical and surgical cases for the Richard Bredin Prize for Clinical Study, 1896, by B Burnett Ham; essays submitted for the Charles Oldham Prize for Ophthalmology, comprising 'Some affections of the eye in congenital syphilis', by Maurice Mitman, 1922; 'Some tumours of the eye', by Donald Francis Durward, 1923; 'Sympathetic ophthalmia', by J R Ratcliffe, 1925; essays submitted for the Treasurer's Prize, comprising 2 essays on 'The Diagnosis of acute abdominal conditions' by unidentified students, 1908.

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

Related units of description

King's College Archives holds minutes of prize funds committees, (Reference: G/adminstrative section) and minutes of the Board of Electors of scholarships and studentships (Reference: G/scholarships).

Description control

Archivist's Note

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

December 2002

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  • Awards
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical students
  • Social behaviour
  • Social norms
  • Students

Personal names

  • Bell, William Blair-, 1871-1936, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician x Blair-Bell William
  • Bowlby, Sir Anthony Alfred, 1855-1929, 1st Baronet, Surgeon
  • Braidwood, fl 1867, Physician of Birkenhead
  • Cheyne, Sir William Watson, 1852-1932, Surgeon
  • Durward, Donald Francis, fl 1923, Medical student
  • Gray, H, fl 1853, Medical student
  • Ham, B Burnett, fl 1896, Medical student
  • Hamilton, D J, fl 1874, Medical student
  • Mitman, Maurice, fl 1922, Medical student
  • Ratcliffe, J Rn, fl 1925, Medical student
  • Simon, J, fl 1844, medical student

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Medical School

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