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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 TH/ES
Level of description
Sub-fonds of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School records
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
8 volumes


Name of creator(s)

St Thomas's Hospital Medical School

Administrative / Biographical history

Essays were regularly submitted by students at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in competition with each other. There were several prizes available, some funded by the lecturers themselves.

Archival history

Corbin's essay on typhus fever, [1834] was presented to St Thomas's Hospital by N R Turnbull.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Prize essays of St Thomas's Hospital, [1834]-1928, comprising an essay by Marc Anthony Bazille Corbin on typhus fever, [1834], a clinical medicine prize essay; essay by Richard Hodges on haemorrage, 1843, a surgical prize essay; an essay by Edward Clapton on sciatica, 1855, a student's prize essay; 'Essay on the heart', submitted for the Grainger Testimonial Prize by an unknown student, ('Cordifolia'), 1865, containing pencil drawings; essay by Henry Percy Potter on the naked-eye anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, 1874, a Grainger Testimonial prize essay; essay by F G Parsons titled 'Anatomy and physiology of the knee, ankle and tarsal joints', submitted for the Grainger Testimonial Prize, 1886; Sutton Sams Prize Essay comprising case notes by Hubert Carey Trowell on ten cases of carcinoma of the breast admitted to St Thomas's Hospital, 1928, including pen and ink drawings; case notes, [1894-1895], containing detailed notes on surgical cases at St Thomas's Hospital, with temperature charts and sketches, by an unknown physician ('Resurgam').

System of arrangement

Arranged as outlined in 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 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

Related units of description

Notes possibly taken by Marc Anthony Bazille Corbin, on Benjamin Travers' lectures on diseases of the eye, [1834] (TH/PP TRAVERS) are held by King's College London.



Previous Reference codes M24, M41, M42, M77, M114, M121.

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). 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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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Brain
  • Cancer
  • Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Documents
  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Human and social sciences
  • Information Sources
  • Information sources
  • Medical education
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical students
  • Nervous systems
  • Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Patients
  • Social welfare
  • Students
  • Surgery
  • Typhoid

Personal names

  • Clapton, Edward, fl 1855, Medical student
  • Corbin, Marc Anthony Bazille, fl 1834-1852, Surgeon
  • Hodges, Richard, fl 1843, Medical student
  • Potter, Henry Percy, fl 1874, Medical student
  • Trowell, Hubert Carey, fl 1928, Medical student

Corporate names

  • St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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