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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 TH/CLR 2
ST THOMAS'S HOSPITAL: Cholera and choleraic diarrhoea casebook
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)


Administrative / Biographical history

Cholera was endemic in London during the nineteenth century, and epidemics were a regular feature of life. An epidemic broke out in London in 1853, where a total of 10,675 people died of the disease. There was another outbreak of the disease in 1854, with the worst hit areas being Southwark, Lambeth and Soho.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Casebook of St Thomas's Hospital, 1854, recording details of 149 cases of cholera and choleraic diarrhoea admitted to the hospital, by an unidentified compiler, including printed instructions on hygiene practices from the Royal College of Physicians, 1853.

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

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: 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 Code M120
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. Revised Jun 2004

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  • Cholera
  • Diseases
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Hospitals
  • Human and social sciences
  • Pathology
  • Patients
  • Social welfare

Corporate names

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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