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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP7
BASNETT, Thomas S (fl 1775-1776)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Basnett, Thomas S, fl 1775-1776, medical student

Administrative / Biographical history

Thomas S Basnett, entered as a pupil at St Thomas's Hospital, 29 Sep 1775. He appears to have practiced as a surgeon in Nottingham. Joseph Else was Surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital, London from 1768 to 1780. He was appointed Lecturer in Anatomy and Surgery in 1768 on the unification of the medical schools of St Thomas's and Guy's Hospitals. Publications: An essay on the cure of the hydrocele of the tunica vaginalis testis (London, 1770); The works of ... J. E., ... containing a treatise on the hydrocele, and other papers on different subjects in surgery. To which is added, an appendix, containing some cases of hydrocele ... by G Vaux (London, 1782); [An account of a successful method of treating sore legs.] Méthode avantageuse de traiter les ulcères des jambes in [Surgical tracts, containing a treatise upon ulcers of the legs.] Traité sur les ulcères des jambes, etc by Michael Underwood M D pp 217-228 (1744 [1784]).

Archival history

The lecture notes appear from the fly leaf to have been given by Basnett to his nephew William Tiffin Iliff in 1816. They were acquired by St Thomas' Hospital Library, in 1897.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Thomas Basnett comprising notes on lectures on anatomy, 1775, and surgery, 1775-1776, delivered by Joseph Else (d1780).

System of arrangement

The volumes are arranged as described in the 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 Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description only.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Lecture notes of Else, 1785 and undated, are held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 2292, 6918).



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Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line catalogue; 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

April 2002. Revised January 2004

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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Diseases
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Basnett, Thomas, fl 1775-1776, Medical student
  • Else, Joseph, d 1780, Anatomist and Surgeon

Corporate names

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


  • Southwark, London, England

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