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Nelson, Alastair Morrison (1924-1993)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/157
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Nelson, Alastair Morrison (1924-1993)
Date(s): 1944-1993
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Nelson | Alastair Morrison | 1924-1993 | Director of Public Health
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Alastair Nelson qualified MB, ChB from Edinburgh Medical School in 1947, and took the Diploma in Public Health in 1951, studying under FAE Crew, a luminary of the postwar movement in social medicine. He became Medical Officer of Health, Stourbridge, then Deputy MOH, Brighton, and Deputy Chief MOH for Middlesex, which was then the third largest health authority in the UK. Reorganisations of local government and of the Health Service made him successively MOH, Richmond, and Area Medical Officer, Richmond Health Authority, and he finally served as Director of Public Health at Kingston and Esher Health Authority before retiring in 1989. As Chairman and later President of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, he steered through structural changes to preapre the Society for the 1974 Health Service reorganisation and the foundation of the Faculty of Community Medicine. He was active in the Faculty and in the South West Thames Committee for Community Medicine, edited the 'Handbook of Community Medicine, and represented the public health interest on nursing bodies. Other interests included firat aid and accident prevention, and medical ethics: from 1982 he convened informal meetings to discuss the latter, from which grew the 'Human Values in Health Care' discussions.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alastair Morrison Nelson including student notebooks, Edinburgh Medical School, 1944-1947; Notes for Diploma in Public Health, 1950-1951; correspondence and writings, [c.1976-1990]; minutes of the Human Values in Healthcare Group, 1990-1993.

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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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre by Nelson's widow, Mrs Barbara Nelson, via Dr Huw Francis, October 1993.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

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

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2009.

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