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Hall, Vernon Frederick

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/203
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hall, Vernon Frederick
Date(s): [1946-1990]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Hall | Vernon Frederick 'Sam' | 1904-1998 | anaesthetist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Vernon Frederick "Sam" Hall (1904-1998) trained at King's College, London, 1922-1927, and stayed at King's College Hospital as house surgeon to Sir Lenthal Cheatle and Junior House Anaesthetist under Alan Cogswell. In 1930 he became consultant anaesthetist at King's College Hospital and later at Southend General Hospital.

On the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the Emergency Medical Service for work at Horton Hospital, and was at King's College Hospital during the Blitz, after which he joined the RAMC and was posted to Ceylon. He was appointed Advisor in Anaesthetics to Eastern Command, and shortly afterwards to Burma and South East Asia Command, ending the war with the rank of brigadier, in full charge of anaesthetics in India as well as for the eastern sector.

From 1946 to 1951 he was Vice-Dean of King's College Hospital Medical School, and from 1951 Dean. He was a member of the University Faculty of Medicine and Chairman of the University Board of Advanced Medical Studies, a founder member of the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Anaesthetists (later the Royal College of Anaesthestists), and President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.


Scope and content/abstract:

Writings of Vernon Hall including an account of the development of anaesthesia in the Far East campaigns, Second World War; autobiography; histories of anaesthesia and of King's College Hospital Medical School, [1946-1990].

Access & Use

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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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Dr. Hall gave these writings to the Wellcome Library via Dr. Aileen Adams, CBE, who had encouraged him to produce items 1 and 2.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Papers of Robert Stout, who is mentioned in GC/203/1 and whose statistical work is drawn upon, are held as GC/226.

In other repositories: The original of the account of anaesthesia in India (GC/203/1), a typescript written in 1992 for the 60th anniversary of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain, is held in the Imperial War Museum.

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:
Feb 2009

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