Fonds MG3096 - Thomas Simpson Fonds

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Thomas Simpson Fonds

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  • 1849-1903 (Creation)
    Simpson, Thomas, 1833-1918

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10 cm of textual records

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A native of Montréal, Thomas Simpson received his M.D.,C.M. from McGill in 1854. After a period of travel and study in Europe, he opened a medical practice in Montréal. He became a coroner in Sault Ste. Marie in 1861, and in 1867 was appointed Indian Commissioner for the Algoma Region of Ontario. In 1872 he returned to Montréal to resume his medical practice. Simpson was in charge of the smallpox ward of the Montreal General Hospital from 1873 to 1875, and in 1880 he became Professor of hygiene in the Faculty of Medicine of Bishop's College, then located in Montréal. In 1884 he was appointed assistant surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital, and joined the consulting staff in 1885. Completely deaf by his mid-fifties, Simpson undertook a second career as a medical officer for a number of insurance companies.

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Simpson's papers contain personal records, student materials, and lectures delivered by him. The personal materials consist of a file of letters of appointment to the Indian Commission, Bishop's University, the Montreal General Hospital, and various insurance companies, as well as testimonial letters from Robert Craik and G.W. Campbell. Simpson's outgoing letterbook contains copies of correspondence from his Indian Commission period concerning salary, accomodation, medical supplies and other aspects of his work. Included are two diaries. One describes his trip to Europe, 1857-1858, giving quite full descriptions of hospitals and clinics, as well as sight-seeing, in Paris and the British Isles. The second diary, from 1865 to 1903 is less detailed. Finally, there is a file of personal documents, e.g. his birth certificate and instructions concerning his funeral, 1897. Apart from lecture attendance cards, materials from Simpson's student days consist of a notebook for a number of medical courses, 1853-1854. Simpson's teaching career is documented by a lecture on phlebitis, ten lectures on veneral disease, 1878, five on syphilis, 1881 and a convocation address, 1884.

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