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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP54
SAVORY, William (fl 1788-1789)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Savory, William, fl 1788-1789, medical student

Administrative / Biographical history

William Savory was the son of William Savory of Brightwalton, Wantage. He was apprenticed at the age of 14 to Dr David Jones, Newberry, before becomming a student of the Borough Hospitals (Guy's and St Thomas's) in 1788-1789. He later became a member of the Surgeon's Company. Henry Cline: born, London, 1750; educated, Merchant Taylors' School; apprenticed to Mr Thomas Smith, surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital, 1767; diploma from Surgeons' Hall, 1774; Lecturer on anatomy, St Thomas's Hospital, 1781-1811; Surgeon, St Thomas's Hospital, 1784-1811; examiner at the College of Surgeons, 1810; master of the College of Surgeons, 1815, president, 1823; delivered the Hunterian oration, 1816, 1824; died, 1827. Publications: On the Form of Animals (Bulmer & Co, London, 1805). William Saunders was born, Banff, 1743; educated, University of Edinburgh; graduated MD, 1765; began practice in London; licentiate of the College of Physicians, 1769; lectured on chemistry, pharmacy and on medicine; Physician, Guy's Hospital, 1770-1802; lectured on the theory and practice of medicine; Fellow, 1790, and Censor, 1791, 1798, 1805, 1813, College of Physicians; delivered the Gulstonian lectures, 1792; probably the first English physician to observe that in some forms of cirrhosis, the liver became enlarged and afterwards contracted; delivered the Harveian oration, 1796; Fellow, Royal Society, 1793; a founder member and first president, Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, 1805; Physician to the Prince Regent, 1807; retired from practice, 1814; died, 1817. Publications include: A Catalogue of the Materia Medica, printed for the use of such gentlemen as attend Dr Saunders's lectures on that subject, in London [London, 1760?]; Dissertatio ... de antimonio, etc (W Ruddiman, J Richardson & Soc, Edinburgh, 1765); A syllabus of lectures on chymistry [London?, 1766?]; A Syllabus of Lectures on Chymistry and Pharmacy ([London?] 1766); Compendium medicinæ practicum ad prælectiones accommodatum ... Editio altera emmendata (J Richardson, London, 1774); Institutes of therapeutics and materia medica (London, 1774); Observations and experiments on the power of the mephytic acid in dissolving stones of the bladder. In a letter to Dr Percival (London, 1777); Elements of the practice of physic, etc. (The general plan of lectures upon ... physick, chemistry, therapeutics and the materia medica, now read at Guy's Hospital.) ([London] 1780); Observations on the superior efficacy of the red Peruvian bark, in the cure of agues and other fevers. Interspersed with occasional remarks on the treatment of other diseases, by the same remedy (printed for J Johnson and J Murray, London, 1782); A Treatise on the structure, economy and diseases of the Liver; together with an enquiry into the properties ... of the bile and biliary concretions: being the substance of the Gulstonian Lectures ..1792 (London, 1793); Oratio ex Harveii instituto habita in theatro Collegii Regalis Medicorum Londinensis, Octob. 19, 1796 (London, 1797); A treatise on the chemical history and medical powers of some of the most celebrated mineral waters; with practical remarks on the aqueous regimen. To which are added, observations on the use of cold and warm bathing (London: William Phillips, 1800); Observations on the Hepatitis of India, and on the prevalent use of mercury in the diseases of this country (London, 1809).

Archival history

Presented to St Thomas Hospital Medical School Library by George C Peachy in 1903.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of William Savory comprising notes on Henry Cline's lectures on anatomy and surgery, 1789 (missing the lectures on surgery), and including a few notes from the clinical lectures of John Rutherford; also notes on William Saunders' lectures on the theory and practice of physic, 1788,

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Previous reference: M31, M122

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984); British Library Public On-line catalogue; St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, May 1903.
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

April 2002. Revised January 2004

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  • Anatomy
  • Autopsies
  • Biology
  • Clinical medicine
  • Documents
  • Forensic medicine
  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Information sources
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Patients
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Physiology
  • Preventive medicine
  • Social sciences
  • Social welfare
  • Surgeons
  • Surgery
  • Systems of medicine
  • Vaccination

Personal names

  • Cline, Henry, 1750-1827, Surgeon
  • Rutherford, John, 1695-1779, Physician
  • Saunders, William, 1743-1817, Physician
  • Savory, William, fl 1788-1789, Surgeon

Corporate names

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

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