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BROOKE, Eileen Minnie (-1989)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0370 EB
Held at: Queen Mary, University of London
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Full title: BROOKE, Eileen Minnie (-1989)
Date(s): c1880-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Brooke | Eileen Minnie | d 1989
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Eileen Brooke graduated from East London College in 1926 with a BSc in Maths, and in 1929 with a MSc in Mathematics. In 1952 completed a PHD. Carried out statistical analysis work for as Chief of Medical Statistics, Institut Universitaire de Medecine Sociale et Preventive, Lausanne, Switzerland (Corresponding Associate) and earlier in her career at the World Health Organisation.

Pioneer and supporter of public health orientation in mental health programmes. Co-author with G. C. Tooth of 'Trends in the mental hospital population and their effect on future planning', published in the Lancet in 1961, in which it was claimed that, as the result of statistical analyses of current trends, the future needs of beds in British mental hospitals would be halved. A paper which proved influential in shaping Government policy with regard to the future of mental hospitals.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photographs and related memorabilia, including signed photographs and cards, of attendees at various international conferences largely concerning mental health issues, in Geneva, Washington and Brazil, between c1960 and 1977. Includes photographs of a symposium of the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry and the World Psychiatric Association in 1973. Also includes a photograph of family group (possibly featuring Eileen Brooke's mother), c1880. Brooke publications regarding mental health information systems 1961-1980, report of a meeting regarding suicide as a mental health issue, Dec 1978. Brooke publications c1959-1976, World Health Organisation reports of studies 1969-1975, Curriculum vitae Eileen Brooke. Various articles and reports used for research and evaluation into cost benefit of drugs, mental health rehabilitation programmes and systems c1966-1970s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

The Archives are available for access in the Archives Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The Archives Reading Room is open Mondays to Fridays 9am-4pm by appointment only. Contact the Archives for more information: Archives, Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 3873, email: For more information about the Archives see the website:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the Archivist: Main Library QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone 020 7882 7873, email

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to Queen Mary College.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Lorraine Screene. Source: Orbituary, Psychiatric Bulletin No 13, 159 (1989).

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2008.

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