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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/39
OSLER, Edward (1798-1863)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 item


Name of creator(s)

Osler, Edward, 1798-1863, physician and writer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Falmouth, Cornwall, 31 January 1798, the son of Eward Osler senior. He was apprenticed to a surgeon at Falmouth, and later attended lectures at Joshua Brookes' Blenheim St School of Anatomy, London and Guy's Hospital Medical School. Became Resident Surgeon at Swansea Infirmary, Wales. He resigned from the infirmary, returned to Falmouth where he wrote poetry, natural history, many hymns, and theology.' Later he moved to Truro, where he was editor of the Royal Cornwall Gazette . Osler died at Truro, Cornwall, 7 March 1863. Publications: The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth , Smith, Elder & Co.: London, 1835; The Church and Dissent, considered in their practical influence , (Smith, Elder & Co.: London, 1836); Church and King. Comprising I. Church and Dissent, considered in their practical influence ... II. The Church established in the Bible ... III. The Catechism, explained and illustrated ... IV. Psalms and Hymns in the services and rites of the Church , (Smith, Elder & Co.: London, 1837); The Education of the People: the Bible the foundation, and the Church the teacher. An ... address delivered in the Lecture Room of the Bath General Instruction Society, etc ., (Smith, Elder & Co.: London, 1839); The Voyage: a poem: written at sea, and in the West Indies, and illustrated by papers on natural history , (Longman & Co.: London; Falmouth [printed], 1830); and numerous hymns.

Archival history

Presented to the Wills Library, Guys Hospital Medical School, by Sir William Osler, nephew of the author, 5 Jul 1917.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letter from Edward Osler, student of the United Hospitals (Guy's and St Thomas's, London), to an unidentified correspondent ('my dear James'), containing and account of Sir Astley Cooper's case of ligature of the abdominal aorta, 5 Jul 1817.

System of arrangement

1 item

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

Related units of description

Papers relating to Edward Osler within the Featherston Osler family collection held by the Archives of Ontario, Canada (Reference: Fonds F 1032).
Correspondence and papers of Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841) are held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; lecture notes, 1806-1807, are held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Cooper); lecture notes, 1809-1815 (reference: MSS 1857-60, 5606) and 1816-1817 (reference: MS 7096) are held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; lecture notes, 1803-1832, are held by the McGill University, Osler Library, Canada; correspondence with Charles Lowe, 1824, held by Lincolnshire Archives (reference: Lowe); correspondence, 1823-1826, with Sir Robert Peel, held by the British Library, (reference: Add MSS 40359-90 passim); letters to T J Pettigrew, 1815-1838, held by Beinecke Library, Yale University; letters to the Duke of Wellington, 1833-1839, held by Southampton University Library (reference: MS 61); lecture notes held at King's College London [1800-1811] (TH/PP Davies; TH/PP Gruggen; TH/PP Hulbert; TH/PP Rayner; TH/PP Ware; TH/PP Warren; TH/PP Williams; G/PP1/13; G/PP1/62).Publication note: Guy's Hospital Gazette, No 8 Vol VII, 1911

Publication note

Guy's Hospital Gazette , No 8 Vol VII, 1911

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library Online Public Catalogue; William Osler: A Life in Medicine, Michael Bliss (Oxford University Press, 1999); Dictionary of Hymnology, Julian John, second edition (London: J. Murray, 1907). 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.

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Date(s) of descriptions

June 2004

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  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Cooper, Sir, Astley Paston, 1768-1841, 1st Baronet, Surgeon
  • Osler, Edward, 1798-1863, Physician and Writer

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London

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