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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/30
JOHNSON, G, (fl 1818-1824 )
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Johnson, G, fl 1818-1824, Secretary of Guy's Hospital Physical Society

Administrative / Biographical history

The Physical Society of Guy's Hospital was founded in 1771, and was London's first medical society. It was not initially associated with Guy's Hospital, but met in the theatre of Dr Lowder in Southwark, a private teacher of midwifery as well as lecturer at St Thomas's and Guy's Hospitals. The first meeting was held at Guy's Hospital between 1780 and 1782. The society met weekly from October to May to hear and discuss a dissertation and exchange medical news and cases. At the early meetings the chairman was usually Dr Haighton, Lecturer in Physiology and Midwifery at St Thomas's and Guy's Hospitals. The society was open to physicians, surgeons, apothecaries and pupils, and members largely comprised the officers of the Guy's and Thomas's Hospitals and practitioners in the area. On the establishment of other medical societies in London its popularity declined, and the Society closed in 1852.

Archival history

Acquired by Guy's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Mr G Johnson, including, lists of proposed members of the Guy's Hospital Physical Society, of which he was secretary, Oct 1824; letter relating to the observation of the society's laws, 6 Nov 1818; memoranda and receipts, 1822; membership proposition slip; letters from the Society for the relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical men in London and its Vicinity; details of lease of Mr Johnson's house, 53 Prescott St, and notice of the anniversary dinner of men educated at Guy's and St Thomas'; letter relating to stewards for the anniversary dinner, 15 Feb 1822; and miscellaneous memoranda.

System of arrangement

1 file

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 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 Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field.

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

June 2004

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  • History
  • History of medicine

Personal names

  • Johnson, G, fl 1818-1824, Secretary of Guy's Hospital Physical Society

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Physical Society
  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Southwark, London, England

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