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Rast, Dr Hugo

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/RAS
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Rast, Dr Hugo
Date(s): 1920-1976
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Rast | Hugo | 1891-1982 | physician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Dr Hugo Rast was a Swiss national who was physician to the German Hospital, London. Born, 1891; Studied medicine in Berne, Lausanne, Paris and London; qualified MD, Berne, 1916; took up post at German Hospital London, 1919; FRCS, LRCS, 1822; Honorary Surgeon to the German Hospital, 1925; Senior Surgeon, German Hospital, 1938; Medical Superintendent, German Hospital, 1939-1945; Chairman of the Mixed Medical Commission for Prisoners of War (under the War Office) and for Civilian Internees (under the Home Office), 1941-1945; Chairman for Mixed Medical Commission for the European Theatre of War, USA War Department, 1944; Medical Adviser to various Embassies and Legations in London; Honorary Consultant to the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board; died, 1982.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Hugo Rast, 1920-1976, including wartime diaries (with transcripts); papers relating to his activities as neutral member of the Mixed Medical Commission on Prisoners of War in the UK, with a little personal material and photographs, etc, of the German Hospital, also a selection of his files on distinguished patients.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Personal and miscellaneous, 1920-1976; B. Diaries and diary transcripts, 1940-1945; C. Mixed Medical Commission and related material, 1940-1945; 1 Correspondence with War Office, Swiss Legation, etc; 2 Tours of POW camps; 3 Miscellaneous material; D. Patients, 1924-1974.

Conditions governing access:

Application for access to restricted materials must be made for much of this collection, which is otherwise available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts. Some items are closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Dr Rast's widow as a gift over several accessions, 2001-2004

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: PP/FPW: Parkes Weber was a colleague of Rast at the German Hospital.

At other repositories: There is material in The National Archives relating to the Mixed Medical Commission and its work.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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