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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP59
SOLLY, Samuel (1805-1871)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Solly, Samuel, 1805-1871, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, St Mary Axe, London, 1805; educated under Eliezer Cogan; articled to Benjamin Travers, Surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital, 1822; member, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1828; continued his medical studies in Paris; commenced practice, 1831; Lecturer on anatomy and physiology in the medical school of St Thomas's Hospital, 1833-1839; Fellow, Royal Society, 1836; Assistant Surgeon, 1841-1853, Surgeon and Lecturer on Surgery, 1853-1871, St Thomas's Hospital; Fellow, 1843, Council Member, 1843, Examiner, 1867, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Arris and Gale Professor of Human Anatomy and Surgery, 1862; President, Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, 1867-1868; died, 1871. Publications: The Human Brain, its configuration, structure, development, and physiology, illustrated by references to the nervous system in the lower order of animals (London, 1836), second edition (London, 1847); The intimate structure of secreting glands. By J[ohannes Mueller] [Being an analysis of his work.] ... With the subsequent discoveries of other authors, by S Solly (London, 1839); Surgical Experiences: the substance of clinical lectures (London, 1865); contributed papers to medical periodicals and to the Transactions of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society.

Archival history

Purchased by St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Samuel Solly, [1826-1856] comprising surgical casebook containing notes on patients examined by him at St Thomas's Hospital, privately, and at Hanwell, including operative details and post mortem findings, [1828-1846], with some water colour sketches, mostly of the brain; letter to Solly from Sydney Jones, 1856; and two letters from John Sharpe (undated).

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

This Summary guide and listed in detailed catalogue to St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Testimonials for William Wegg, 1844-1849 (reference M 127-128) held by St Thomas' Hospital Library. Solly family estate papers are held by Lincolnshire Archives (reference: SOLLY), and correspondence and papers of Samuel Solly and his family are held by Dorset Record Office (reference: NU).

Publication note

Many of the case histories from the surgical casebook appear in The Human Brain, its configuration, structure, development, and physiology, illustrated by references to the nervous system in the lower order of animals , second edition (London, 1847), and Surgical Experiences: the substance of clinical lectures (London, 1865).



Previous reference: M129

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line catalogue. 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 2003, January 2004

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  • Anatomy
  • Autopsies
  • Biology
  • Brain
  • Documents
  • Forensic medicine
  • Health services
  • Information sources
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Nervous systems
  • Neurology
  • Patients
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Social welfare
  • Surgeons
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Solly, Samuel, 1805-1871, Surgeon

Corporate names

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


  • Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • Hanwell, Middlesex, England
  • Southwark, London, England

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