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Trowell, The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/HCT
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Trowell, The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh)
Date(s): 1928-1989
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 17 boxes
Name of creator(s): Trowell | Hubert Carey | 1904-1989 | physician, paediatrician, and nutritionist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh) Trowell, OBE, MD, FRCP (1904-1989) Physician, paediatrician, and nutritionist. Born, 1904; Qualified at St Thomas's Medical School, 1928; House Physician, St Thomas's Hospital, 1928-1929; Colonial Medical Service, Kenya, 1929; Study of kwashiorkor, 1930-1958; Senior Physician and Senior Paediatrician, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, 1935-1958; Return to England, 1959; Ordained into Anglican Church, 1960; Vicar at Stratford-sub-Castle, and chaplain to Salisbury Hospital, 1960-1970; First Chairman of London Medical Group for Study of Medical Ethics, 1960-1964; Study Secretary of the newly formed Institute of Religion and Medicine, 1960-1966; Chair of BMA working party on the ethical aspects of euthanasia, Retired, study of 'dietary fibre', 1970; President of Institute of Religion and Medicine, 1979; died, 1989.


Scope and content/abstract:

The majority of papers in this collection concern Trowell's work on fibre, carried out in close cooperation with Denis Burkitt, exploring its role in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease. There are no primary sources from the period Trowell spent as Senior Physician at the Mulago Hospital, Uganda, 1930-1958, where he was one of the key researchers into the protein-calorie malnutrition disease kwashiorkor. However, publications can be found at C.1 and the work is discussed in transcripts of taped reminiscences (A.2), and in Trowell's biography (A.5). Section D of this list consists of papers generated by Trowell's engagement in the debate on the interface of religion and medicine.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged by section as follows:
A Biographical material, 1928-1989;
B Correspondence, 1971-1989;
C Writings, medical, 1941-1988;
D Religion and medicine, 1960-1979;
E Lecture slides

Conditions governing access:

The majority of the papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. File D/1a is closed until 1 January 2061.

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:

The papers were given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (now The Wellcome Library Archives and Manuscripts department) in August 1989 by Elizabeth Bray, Trowell's daughter, following Trowell's 1987 approach to the Archivist of the Wellcome Tropical Institute, whose archives were amalgamated into the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in 1988.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: For other related collections in Archives and Manuscripts see sources leaflets on Nutrition; Tropical Medicine; Alternative Medicine; East Africa; Ethical Questions. Some publications were transferred to the Library's printed collections.

At other repositories: Reminiscences concerning his work in Uganda, with the Oxford Developmental Records Project, at Rhodes House. Trowell's books, and photocopies of some of his papers were given to the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen.

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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