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Carter, Henry Vandyke (1831-1897), Deputy Surgeon-General, Indian Medical Service

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5809-5826
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Carter, Henry Vandyke (1831-1897), Deputy Surgeon-General, Indian Medical Service
Date(s): 1830-1916
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 volumes
Name of creator(s): Carter | Henry Vandyke | 1831-1897 | Deputy Surgeon-General, Indian Medical Service
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Vandyke Carter was born in 1831. He studied medicine at St George's Hospital, and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1853. He was a student of Human and Comparative Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons, working with Richard Owen and John Thomas Queckett, from 1853-1855. He was a Demonstrator in Anatomy at St George's Hospital until 1857. He worked for Henry Gray on the illustrations of Gray's Anatomy (London, 1858). Carter joined the Bombay Medical Service in 1858, where he served as Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Grant Medical College, and Assistant-Surgeon in the Jamsetjee Jheejeebhoy Hospital. He was Civil Surgeon at Satara from 1863-1872. He was sent to Kathiawar in 1875, to research leprosy. He was appointed in charge of the Goculdas Tejpal Hospital in Bombay in 1876. He was appointed acting Principal of Grant Medical College, and Physician of the Jamsetjee Jheejeebhoy Hospital in 1877. During his time in India, Carter made a number of contributions to tropical pathology including studies in leprosy, mycetoma and relapsing fever. Carter retired in 1888, and was appointed Honorary Deputy Surgeon-General and Honorary Surgeon to the Queen. He died in 1897.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of H V Carter including correspondence of Carter and of members of his family; Carter's journals, 1848-1862; 'Reflections' by H V Carter on his personal and professional development, and on his religious life as a Dissenter and wills, estate and other financial papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, some Italian

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

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:

Described in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MSS. 5816-5826 were purchased at Phillips' 19 Oct. 1989, lot 97. MSS. 5809-5815 were presented by Miss V I Kemp and Mrs B Turnbull in 1990.

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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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