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    Papers of Sir James Paget
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  • Scope and Content
    Papers of Sir James Paget, [1832-1896], comprising lecture notes from lectures delivered while Paget was Demonstrator of Morbid Anatomy and Lecturer of General Anatomy and Physiology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital between 1839 and 1859. The collection also includes a large section of case notes relating to cases treated by Paget and post mortem examination reports also produced by Paget. In addition the collection includes Paget's notes on various areas of research including some of his notes on Paget's disease, speeches delivered by Paget and papers collected by Paget relating to the University of London, from the period that Paget served as Vice-Chancellor. Lastly there is a section of personal papers that includes Paget's memoirs, correpondence, papers relating to his appointments throughout his career and yearly diaries.
  • Extent
    17 boxes & 2 folios
  • Physical description
    Material in fair to good condition.
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  • System of arrangement
    The records are arranged in seven sections; Lecture Notes, Case Notes, Post Mortem Examination Reports, Research, Speeches, The University of London and Personal Papers.
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  • Admin./ biographical history
    Paget was born in Great Yarmouth, 11 January 1814 and was educated at a private school. He married Lydia North in 1844 and they had four sons and two daughters. He was created a baronet in 1871. He was apprenticed to Charles Costerton, a surgeon in Yarmouth, 1830. Paget entered St Bartholomew's Hospital as a student in 1834 and whilst dissecting identified the parasite Trichina spiralis (for which Richard Owen took the credit) in 1835. In 1835-1836 Paget acted as Clinical Clerk to Dr. Peter Mere Latham. He was sub-editor of The Medical Gazette from 1837-1842, and in 1841 was elected Surgeon to the Finsbury Dispensary. At St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Paget was appointed Curator of the Museum in 1837, and in 1839 he was chosen as Demonstrator of Morbid Anatomy. In 1843 he was promoted to Lecturer on General Anatomy and Physiology and in the same year was elected Warden of the new College for Resident Students at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (he resigned in 1851). He was elected Assistant Surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1847-1861. Consulting Surgeon, St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1869; Paget was appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria in 1858. He attended Queen Alexandra, when Princess of Wales, during a long surgical illness, and was gazetted Surgeon to King Edward VII, whom as Prince of Wales he attended during the attack of typhoid fever in 1871. From 1867-1877 he held the office of Sergeant-Surgeon Extraordinary, and in 1877 he became Sergeant-Surgeon. He was admitted a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in 1836, and a Fellow in 1843. At the Royal College of Surgeons he prepared the catalogue of the pathological specimens contained in the Hunterian Museum, between 1846 and 1849. He was Arris and Gale Professor of Anatomy and Surgery from 1847-1852; a Member of the Council from 1865-1889; a Vice-President in 1873 and 1874; Chairman of the Midwifery Board in 1874; and President in 1875. He was also the representative of the College at the General Medical Council from 1876-1881; Hunterian Orator in 1877; the first Bradshaw Lecturer in 1882, when he took as his subject “Some New and Rare Diseases”; and the first Morton Lecturer on cancer and cancerous diseases in 1887. Paget was President of the following: Clinical Society, 1869; Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, 1875; Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, 1875; International Congress of Medicine, 1881; Pathological Society of London, 1887. He was also Vice-Chancellor at the University of London, 1883-1895. Paget died in London, 30 December 1899. His publications include: Sketch of the Natural History of Yarmouth and its Neighbourhood, containing catalogues of the species of animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, and plants, at present known with Charles J Paget (F Skill, Yarmouth, 1834); Report on the chief results obtained by the use of the Microscope, in the study of human anatomy and physiology (London, 1842); The Motives to Industry in the study of Medicine. An address (London, 1846); Records of Harvey, in extracts from the journals of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew William Harvey With notes by J Paget (London, 1846); A Descriptive Catalogue of the Anatomical Museum of St Bartholomews' Hospital [vol 1, 2] (London, 1846-1862); Hand-Book of Physiology By W S Kirkes assisted by J Paget (Taylor, Walton & Maberly; John Murray, London, 1848-); Lectures on the processes of Repair and Reproduction after Injuries (London, 1849); Lectures on Surgical Pathology, delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2 vol London, 1853); Sinus and Fistula -Ulcers -Tumours (innocent) -Contusions -Wounds (1860); On the importance of the study of Physiology, as a branch of education for all classes (1867); Clinical Lectures and Essays Edited by H Marsh (London, 1875); The Hunterian Oration delivered ... on the 13th of February, 1877 (London, 1877); The Contrast of Temperance with Abstinence [1879]; Theology and Science. An address (Rivingtons, London, 1881); Descriptive catalogue of the Pathological Specimens contained in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. Supplement Second edition with G F Goodhart and A H G Doran (J & A Churchill, London, 1882); On some rare and new diseases; suggestions for the study of part of the natural history of disease. The Bradshawe Lecture, ... 1882 (London, 1883); The Morton Lecture on Cancer and Cancerous Diseases delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons (Longmans & Co, London, 1887); Studies of old Case-Books (Longmans & Co, London, 1891); Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget Edited by Stephen Paget (Longmans & Co, London, 1901); Three Selected Papers. I On the Relation between the Symmetry and Diseases of the Body, 1841. II On Disease of the Mammary Areola preceding Cancer of the Mammary Gland, 1874. III On a Form of Chronic Inflammation of Bones (Osteitis deformans), 1876 (London, New Sydenham Society, 1901); Selected Essays and Addresses Edited by Stephen Paget (Longmans & Co, London, 1902).
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    This catalogue was created by Beth McNeice, Archivist (fonds, 2004) and Katy Gribbin, student (all lower levels, 2014).
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