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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 G/S7
GUY'S HOSPITAL: Pupil's Physical Society
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Approximately 11 volumes and 70 folders


Name of creator(s)

GUY'S HOSPITAL: Pupil's Physical Society

Administrative / Biographical history

The Pupil's Physical Society of Guy's Hospital was originally started in 1830 as a student's society for the discussion of subjects of medical and surgical importance, showing of interesting cases and reading papers. It was managed by a Committee of Presidents, elected by the society from the senior students and house officers. The ordinary meetings were attended by students only, and intended as a forum for discussing medical problems.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of the Pupil's Physical Society of Guy's Hospital, 1830-1966, comprising minutes, 1830-1966, and copies of papers presented to the Society, covering a wide range of subjects such as diseases, poisoning, wounds, fractures, pregnancy and surgery; printed session programmes of meetings and papers, 1930-1960; lists of members, 1874-1913, with expenses and minutes of Presidents' meetings, [1887]-1913; student essays awarded the prize of the Pupil's Physical Society and presented to meetings of the Society, 1831-1966; papers of the Secretary of the Society, 1870-1958, including manuscripts of speeches to meetings, c1870-1891; correspondence relating to Society business, including attendance at meetings, management of Guy's Hospital Gazette and award of essay prizes, 1871-1891; bills and receipts, [1884-1958]; invitations to speakers; descriptions of medical cases presented to meetings, 1923-1958.

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

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

October 2001; revised November 2002

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  • Associations
  • Diseases
  • Fractures
  • Higher science education
  • Human reproduction
  • Injuries
  • Learned societies
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical students
  • Organizations
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Physicians
  • Physiology
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy
  • Students
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Gazette
  • Guy's Hospital Medical School
  • Guy's Hospital Pupil's Physical Society
  • Guy's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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