Magenis, Leslie S.

Scope and Content

Typescript dissertation written by Leslie S. Magenis, entitled 'The public life of Thomas Wakley (1795-1862)'. The work was unpublished, and apparently never submitted for a higher degree.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Wakley (1795-1862) qualified as a doctor in 1817 and set up a practice in London. He was the founder of the medical journal The Lancet (1823), which he used to campaign for medical reforms such as a united profession of apothecaries, physicians, and surgeons and a new system of medical qualifications to improve standards. He was elected as the Radical MP for Finsbury in 1835 and remained in the House of Commons for the next 17 years, where he was a vigorous advocate of parliamentary reform. Wakley was largely responsible for setting up the Royal College of Surgeons (1843) and the General Council of Medical Education and Registration (1858).


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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Institute of Historical Research in 1981.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

252 x 203 mm

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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