Aldersgate Medical School

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The Aldersgate Medical School was a medical school in east London, in existence from about 1825 to 1848. One of many private medical schools of the period, it had popular lecturers on its staff, and proved a serious rival to St. Bartholomew's Hospital as a teaching institution.[1]


The Aldersgate School was set up in 1825 by Frederick Tyrrell; the founding group included William Lawrence, William Coulson and others.[2][3] At that point the shared medical school of Guy's Hospital and St. Thomas's Hospital was divided. Tyrrell lectured at the Aldersgate School, but later took a position at St. Thomas's, and was no longer involved with the Aldersgate school.[4] Lawrence was also an early supporter of the school, lecturing on surgery in 1826–7; but he withdrew after taking a position at St. Bartholomew's Hospital.[5] Lawrence was a reformer, and the background was his opposition to an 1824 regulation of the Royal College of Surgeons aiming to limit the number of medical schools that a surgical student could attend. He saw this measure as intended to force students into the hospital medical schools.[6] Jones Quain taught anatomy alongside Lawrence; but he had to drop out following a dissection wound.[7]

Henry Clutterbuck of the nearby Aldersgate Dispensary moved his lectures to the school in 1826.[8] In the same year Peter Roget was brought in to lecture on physiology.[9]


James Wardrop, one of the founders, lectured on surgery alongside Lawrence, and provided some continuity.[10] The school retained a reputation for radicalism, and sympathy with French theories.[11]

In the 1830s prominent replacement lecturers were found for the initial ones. Frederic Carpenter Skey was in dispute with Lawrence at St. Bartholomew's, and taught surgery for a decade.[12] The physician James Hope from the mid-1830s combined lecturing at the Aldersgate School with other positions.[13] The pharmacologist Jonathan Pereira came in to lecture on materia medica.[14] Robert Edmond Grant lectured on anatomy, and Thomas Hodgkin on pathology.[15]

With the eventual decline of the school in the 1840s, some of its staff moved to St. Bartholomew's medical school. They included James Paget.[16]



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