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ROYAL CHEST HOSPITAL AND WESTERN GENERAL DISPENSARY

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2180
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: ROYAL CHEST HOSPITAL AND WESTERN GENERAL DISPENSARY
Date(s): [1930]-1983
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.33 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Schuster | Norah Henriette | 1892-1991 | pathologist x Norah Henriette Nicholls

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

Norah Schuster (1892-1991) qualified as a doctor at the University of Manchester in 1918. After working in the pathology departments of the Queen's Hospital for Children, Hackney Road, St George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, and the Infants Hospital, Vincent Square, in 1927 she was appointed pathologist to the Royal Chest Hospital, City Road. Apart from a period in the Emergency Medical Service from 1939 to 1943, she remained at the Royal Chest Hospital until its closure and demolition in 1954. She then worked at Pinewood Hospital, Wokingham, until her retirement in 1959. She was a founder fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 1950 she was elected to the presidency of the Association of Clinical Pathologists.

The closure of the Royal Chest Hospital in 1954 prompted her to investigate the origins of what was the oldest chest hospital in Europe, founded in 1814, and to rehabilitate the reputation of its founder, Doctoor Isaac Buxton, unjustly attacked in E.W. Morris's History of the London Hospital.

See H33/RCH for a detailed history of the Royal Chest Hospital.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Doctor Norah Schuster, [1930]-1983, comprising copies of her published articles on the Royal Chest Hospital, its founder Doctor Isaac Buxton and the Western General Dispensary at Saint Marylebone; drafts and notes for her publications, including notes for an unpublished history of the Royal Chest Hospital; research papers relating to Doctor Isaac Buxton, and illustrations for the life of Doctor Isaac Buxton and the history of the Western General Dispensary.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

In sections: publications, drafts, note books, transcripts of Doctor Isaac Buxton's papers, notes and correspondence, illustrations.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ACC/2180

Allied Materials

Related material:

See H33/RCH for the records of the Royal Chest Hospital, particularly the three earliest surviving minute books of the Royal Chest Hospital, a bound volume of annual reports, and a pharmacopoeia which were transferred from the collection of Dr Schuster and reunited with the archives of the Royal Chest Hospital. They have been assigned the reference numbers, H33/RCH/A1/1-3, H33/RCH/A8/1, and H33/RCH/Y2/1.

See H28/SC/Y for records relating to the Western General Dispensary.


Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
January 2009

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