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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 T/PP HUNTER M78-79
HUNTER, John (1728-1793): St Thomas's papers
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 volumes


Name of creator(s)

HUNTER, John (1728-1793): St Thomas's papers

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1728; worked as cabinet maker for brother-in-law in Glasgow; assisted brother William at his London dissecting room, 1748; attended Chelsea Hospital, 1749-1750; studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1751; appointed a master of anatomy at the Surgeons' Corporation, 1753; surgeon's pupil at St George's Hospital, London, from 1754; matriculated, St Mary Hall, Oxford, 1755; staff surgeon on expedition to Belleisle, 1761; served with British Army in Portugal, 1762; practised as surgeon in Golden Square, London, 1763; Surgeon, St George's Hospital, 1768; took in house pupils including Edward Jenner, 1768; began to lecture on the principles and practice of surgery, 1773; worked on the human placenta and a paper read before the Royal Society, London, 1780; built new museum to house his extensive collection of anatomical specimens, 1785; died, 1793;
Publications include: A treatise on the natural history of the human teeth (London, 1771, 1778); A treatise on the venereal disease (London, 1786); A treatise on the blood, inflammation, and gunshot wounds (published posthumously, London, 1794); Directions for preserving animals and parts of animals for anatomical investigation (London, 1809); The works of John Hunter James Palmer editor 4 volumes (London, 1835-1837); Essays and observations on natural history, anatomy, physiology, psychology and geology Sir R Owen editor 2 volumes (London, 1861).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Not known

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to John Hunter, comprising notes on his course of anatomical and chirurgical lectures, [1780], taken by an unidentified student; notes on his surgical lectures, 1786, taken by a student, Richard Whitfield; notes on his lectures on the 'Principles of Surgery', 1777, copied from notes by Cline by an unidentified student.

System of arrangement

The records are arranged 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 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). Ref M.78-79

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and papers held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, (reference: Hunter-Baillie); papers held by the Royal Society; correspondence and papers held by the Natural History Museum, London; anatomical notes held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections, (reference: Add MS 34407); miscellaneous papers held by St Georges Hospital Medical School Library; lecture notes, [1765-1787], (reference: MSS 2959-64, 5597-98) and notes on the principles of surgery and venereal diseases (reference: acc 349837), held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; lecture notes (copies), 1813 (reference: MS Don e 116), held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts; lecture notes (reference: NUC MS 66-1486), held by the National Library of Medicine, USA; lecture notes, [1770], held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Hunter); letters (32) to Edward Jenner, 1773-1793, held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; lecture notes, 1777, held by King's College Archives (reference: KCLCA Hunter).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue; John Hunter, 1728-1793 by George Quist (London, 1981). 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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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Higher science education
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Cline, Henry, 1750-1827, Surgeon
  • Hunter, John, 1728-1793, Anatomist and Surgeon
  • Whitfield, Richard, fl 1786-1793, Medical student

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