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Stanton, Sir Ambrose Thomas (1875-1938)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.4693-4697
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Stanton, Sir Ambrose Thomas (1875-1938)
Date(s): 1905-1909
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 volumes
Name of creator(s): Stanton | Sir | Ambrose Thomas | 1875-1938 | Knight | medical researcher
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The author qualified MD at Trinity Medical College, Toronto in 1899. In 1905 he was with Manson-Bahr at the London School of Tropical Medicine. In the next year he went to Kuala Lumpur in Malaya and devoted himself to the study of beri-beri, and its relation to a rice diet. He proved that the 'polished' grain lacked certain components, and so caused this deficiency disease, and from this theory the idea of 'Vitamins' was later developed. He also did valuable research on mosquitoes. In 1920 he was Director of the Malaria Bureau, and received his KCMG in 1934 [cf. BMJ 1938, i, pp. 312, 313].


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Ambrose Thomas Stanton, 1905-1909, comprising original tables, statistics, etc. relating to researches into the etiology of Beri-beri, and its connection with a rice diet. Author's holograph MSS. Vols. II and IV are indexes to Vol. I and Vol. III respectively. Vol. V contains case-papers from the Hospital at Jelebu, some with notes by Stanton. Produced in Jelebu (Negri Sembilan), FMS.

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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: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented 1944.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

The results of these researches were published as No. 10 of 'Studies from the Institute of Medical Research, Federated Malay States' in 1909: they were republished in 'Collected papers on Beri-beri', London, 1924.

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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