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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 G/PP14
HAIGHTON, John (c1755-1823) and BLUNDELL, James (1790-1877)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

HAIGHTON, John (c1755-1823) and BLUNDELL, James (1790-1877)

Administrative / Biographical history

John Haighton: Born, Lancashire, about 1755; pupil of Else at St Thomas's Hospital; surgeon to the guards; demonstrator of anatomy, St Thomas's Hospital, resigned 1789; Lecturer in Physiology, [1788], and Midwifery with Dr Lowder, united hospitals of St Thomas's and Guy's; conducted numerous physiological experiments; MD; Fellow, Royal Society; presided at meetings of the Physical Society at Guy's Hospital; joint editor of Medical Records and Researches, 1798; assisted Dr William Saunders in his Treatise on the Liver, 1793; silver medal of the Medical Society of London, 1790; his nephew, Dr James Blundell began to assist him in his lectures, 1814, and took the entire course from 1818; died, 1823.
Publications include: 'An Attempt to Ascertain the Powers concerned in the Act of Vomiting,' in 'Memoirs of the Medical Society of London' (ii. 250) (1789); A syllabus of the Lectures on Midwifery delivered at Guy's Hospital and at Dr Lowder's and Dr Haighton's Theatre in ... Southwark (London, re-printed 1799); A case of Tic Douloureux ... successfully treated by a division of the affected nerve. An inquiry concerning the true and spurious Cæsarian Operation, etc (1813).

James Blundell: Born, London, 1790; educated by the Rev T Thomason; studied at the United Borough Hospitals under his uncle Dr Haighton; graduated MD, Edinburgh,1813; began to lecture in London with Haighton on midwifery, 1814, and soon afterwards on physiology; Lecturer at Guy's Hospital until 1836; licentiate of the College of Physicians, 1818; Fellow, College of Physicians, 1838; author of the influential Researches, Physiological and Pathological, instituted principally with a View to the Improvement of Medical and Surgical Practice 1825; died, 1877.
Publications include: Researches Physiological and Pathological: instituted principally with a view to the improvement of medical and surgical practice (R Cox & Sons, London, 1825); Observations on some of the more Important Diseases of Women ... Edited by Thomas Castle (E Cox, London, 1837); The Principles and Practice of Obstetricy, as at present taught by James Blundell ... In five parts ... To which are added notes and illustrations By Thomas Castle (E Cox, London, 1834).

Archival history

Presented to Guy's Hospital by Professor Miles Philips of Carmarthen.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of John Haighton and James Blundell, comprising printed syllabus and manuscript notes on a course of their lectures on midwifery, delivered at Guy's Hospital, probably taken by a student, Richard Stocker Junior, [1821].

System of arrangement

1 volume

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 Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Lecture notes of Haighton, 1801-1817, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 2663-66), and lecture notes, 1815, held by McGill University, Canada, and St Thomas's Hospital. Transcripts of physiology lectures of Blundell c1820, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MS 6952).

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

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  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social welfare

Personal names

  • Blundell, James (1790-1877), Physician
  • Haighton, John (1755-1823), Physiologist
  • Stocker, Richard (fl 1821), Medical student

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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