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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP28
HALL, Marshall (1790-1857)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Hall, Marshall, 1790-1857, physiologist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Basford, near Nottingham, 1790; educated by the Rev J Blanchard of Nottingham; placed with a chemist at Newark, 1804, and studied chemistry and anatomy; medical student at Edinburgh University, 1809; Senior President, Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, 1811; graduated M D, 1812; resident house physician, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1812; gave a course of lectures on diagnosis, 1813; visited the medical schools of Paris, Göttingen, and Berlin, 1814-1815; practiced at Bridgewater, 1816; settled and practiced in Nottingham, 1817; published his work on 'Diagnosis'; Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1818; Physician, Nottingham General Hospital, 1825; moved to London and set up practice, 1826; studied circulation of the blood in the minute vessels, and read several papers to the Royal Society in 1831; Fellow, Royal Society, 1832; lectured at the Aldersgate Street School, 1834-1836; Webb Street School and Sydenham College, 1836-1838; worked on the theory of reflex action, later denounced as the propagator of 'absurd and idle theories' and his papers read before the Royal Society in 1837 and 1847 refused publication; helped found the British Medical Association, and delivered the oration on medical reform, 1840; Fellow, Royal Society of Physicians, 1841; lectured on nervous diseases, St Thomas's Hospital, 1842-1846; delivered the Gulstonian lectures, 1842 and Croonian lectures, 1850-1852; retired from practice, 1853; studied restoration of persons apparently drowned and devised a system and rules adopted by the National Lifeboat Institution; continued to publish his research in the Lancet ; died, 1857. Publications include: On Diagnosis, in four parts ... The phænomena of health and disease. ... The diagnosis of the diseases of Adults. ... Of local diseases. ... Of the diseases of Children 2 volumes (London, Nottingham [printed], 1817); A description, diagnostic and practical essay on disorders of the digestive organs and general health, and particularly on their numerous forms and complications, contrasted with some acute and insidious diseases (London, Nottingham [printed], 1820); Cases of a serious morbid affection, chiefly occurring after delivery, miscarriage ... from various causes of irritation and exhaustion; and of a similar affection unconnected with the puerperal state (London, Nottingham [printed], 1820); Medical essays ... on the effects of intestinal irritation ... On some effects of loss of blood ... On exhaustion and sinking from various causes (London, [Nottingham printed,] 1825); Commentaries on some of the more important of the diseases of females (London, 1827); On a morbid affection of infancy arising from circumstances of exhaustion, but resembling hydrencephalus (London, Thames Ditton [printed], 1829); Introductory Lecture to a course of lectures on the practice of physic, etc (J Mallett, London, [1830?]); An Essay on the Circulation of the Blood; especially as observed in the minute and capillary vessels of the Batrachia and of Fishes (London, Thames Ditton [printed], 1831); Lectures on the nervous system and its diseases (London, 1836); Observations on bloodletting, founded upon researches on the morbid and curative effects on the loss of blood (London, 1836); Principles of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, including a third edition of the Author's work upon Diagnosis (London, 1837); Memoirs on the Nervous System (Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, London, 1837); Medicine, its divisions, its rewards and its reforms: being the annual oration delivered at the British Medical Association, Oct 8th 1840 second edition (London, [1840]); On the diseases and derangements of the Nervous System (London, 1841); Practical observations and suggestions in medicine (London, 1845); On the Threatenings of Apoplexy and Paralysis, etc. (London, 1851); Prone and postural respiration in Drowning, and other forms of Apn?a, or suspended respiration edited by his son M Hall (London, 1857); contributed many articles to the Cyclopædia of Practical Medicine.

Archival history

Presented to St Thomas's Hospital Library by Peter Dennis of Thornton, Yorkshire.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library, 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Marshall Hall, comprising notes on his lectures on dropsy and neurology, 1835, as well as notes on lectures by Frederick Tyrell and John Morgan, 1833, taken by an unidentified student.

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

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Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Previous Reference: M73

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Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); 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. Revised January 2004

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  • Diseases
  • Dropsy
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Neurology
  • Nutritional and metabolic diseases
  • Nutritional diseases
  • Oedema
  • Pathology
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Hall, Marshall, 1790-1857, Physiologist
  • Morgan, John, 1797-1848, Surgeon
  • Tyrell, Frederick, 1793-1843, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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