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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 TH/PP
PATIENT CASE BOOK: Sir John Simon (1816-1904
Level of description
Sub-fonds of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Simon, Sir John (1816-1904), Knight, Sanitary reformer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1816; Surgeon and lecturer in Pathology, King's College Hospital, 1840-1847; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1845; Officer of Health to the City of London, 1848-1855; Chief Medical Officer of Health to the General Board of Health, 1855-; built up a state medical department for public health and developed the vaccination system, and was particularly concerned with eradicating the smallpox virus; influential in bringing about the Sanitary Act, 1866 and Public Health Act, 1875; member, Privy Council, 1858-1876; President, Royal College of Surgeons, 1878-1879; President, Royal Society, 1879-1880; knighted, 1887; died, 1904.
Publications include: A Physiological Essay on the Thymus Gland (London, 1845); General Pathology, as conducive to the establishment of rational principles for the diagnosis and treatment of disease (London, 1850); Report on the Sanitary Condition of the City of London, for the year 1853-4 (London, 1854); Report on the last two Cholera-epidemics of London, as affected by the consumption of impure water (Stationery Office, London, 1856); Inflammation in T Holmes A System of Surgery, ... in treatises by various authors, vol 1 (1860);English Sanitary Institutions, reviewed in their course of development, and in some of their political and social relations (Cassell & Co, London, 1890).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library to King's College London Archives in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Patient case book, 1832-1836, recording cases admitted to St Thomas's Hospital, some surgical, possibly compiled by Sir John Simon.

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 Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and papers of Sir John Simon, held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; letters to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, 1884-1896, held by Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (reference: MSS Acland); correspondence with John Ruskin, held by the Ruskin Library; correspodence with A and J Severn, 1878-1902, held by Manchester University: John Rylands Library (reference: Eng MS 1260).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); British Library Public On-line catalogue; Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; BBC Science and Discovery website: 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

May 2002

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  • Documents
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Hospitals
  • Information Sources
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Patients
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Social welfare
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Simon, Sir John, 1816-1904, Knight, Sanitary reformer

Corporate names

  • St Thomas's Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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