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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
HAIGHTON, John (c1755-1823): St Thomas's papers
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)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Lancashire, in about 1755; pupil, St Thomas's Hospital; Surgeon to the Guards; Demonstrator of Anatomy, St Thomas's Hospital; Lecturer in Physiology, [1788] and Midwifery, St Thomas's and Guy's Hospitals; conducted numerous physiological experiments; silver medal, Medical Society of London, 1790; presided at meetings of the Physical Society, Guy's Hospital; joint editor of Medical Records and Researches, 1798; 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); 'An Experimental Inquiry concerning the Reproduction of Nerves' in Philosophical Transactions, 1795, and Medical Facts and Observations vol. vii; A case of Tic Douloureux ... successfully treated by a division of the affected nerve (1798); 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).

William Gruggen entered St Thomas's Hospital as a pupil on 8th October, 1809.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to John Haighton, 1810-[1811], comprising his lectures on physiology, delivered at Guy's Hospital [1809-1811], and on the gravid uterus, delivered at St Thomas's Hospital, 1810, taken by a student, William Gruggen.

System of arrangement

3 volumes

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

Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission's 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

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  • Diseases
  • Gynecology
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology
  • Physiology

Personal names

  • Gruggen, William, fl 1809-1811, Medical student
  • Haighton, John, 1755-1823, Physiologist

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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