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SOLOMONS, Bethel (1885-1965)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S15
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: SOLOMONS, Bethel (1885-1965)
Date(s): 1935-1942
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 folders
Name of creator(s): Solomons | Bethel | 1885-1965 | President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Administrative/Biographical history:

Bethel Solomons (1885-1965) MB, BCh, BAO (Dublin), MD, FRCP(I), FRCOG, Hon FACS was born in Dublin and spent most of his professional life there. He was master of the Rotunda Hospital and organised the first sterility clinic in Dublin. He was a founder fellow of this College and an honorary fellow of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1946. He died in 1965 of heart failure. The papers relate to Bethel's survey of pathology treatments of the fallopian tube. He delivered his findings at the 10th British Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Belfast, 1936, and published them in `The Conservative Treatment of Pathological Conditions of the Fallopian Tube', in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Empire, 43 (1936), pp 619-633.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Bethel Solomons, 1935-1942, including Bethel's survey of pathology treatments of the fallopian tube and comprising c.60 responses to a questionnaire compiled by him, and papers comprising an exchange of letters with Victor Bonney on ovarian cysts and myomectomy.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Organised into two folders, S15/1 relating to the fallopian tube survey, and S15/2 correspondence with Victor Bonney.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the estate of Bethel Solomons. Copyright expires in 2036.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Solomons collection was initially offered to the College Library by Michael Solomons, the son of Bethel Solomons, in January 1990. It was agreed that the collection should be placed in the College Archives.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds photographs of Bethel Solomons (Refs: PH1/3/10, PH6/1, PH7/10, PH7/16/5 and PH7/18/11-12). A photograph of his technique for treating pathological conditions of the fallopian tubes was removed from S15/1 and placed in PH15/3.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Biographical details of the individuals who have presented material to the College and/or comprise the subject of the records, have been compiled using information in administrative files and, where relevant, consulting Sir John Peel's book The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929-1969, Whitefriars Press Ltd, 1975. Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2000

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