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QVIST, George (1910-1981) and GARDNER, Dame Frances Violet (1913-1989)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1530 D8
Held at: Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre
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Full title: QVIST, George (1910-1981) and GARDNER, Dame Frances Violet (1913-1989)
Date(s): 1933-1989
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 linear metre
Name of creator(s): Qvist | George | 1919-1981 | surgeon
Gardner | Dame | Frances Violet | 1913-1989 | cardiologist, wife of George Qvist


Administrative/Biographical history:

George Qvist was born in 1910 and educated at Quintin School and University College Hospital, London (MB, BS, 1933). He was appointed Surgical Registrar at the Royal Free Hospital, London, (RFH), 1939-1941. During World War Two he served as a Surgeon in the Emergency Medical Service, 1941-1944, and as a Lt Col (Surgical Specialist) in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Europe and the Middle East, 1944-1946. He returned to the RFH as Surgeon, 1946-1961 and Senior Surgeon, 1961-1975 and acted as Surgical Tutor at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, 1946-1975. He also held Consultant posts at Willesden General Hospital, 1956-1975 and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, 1950-1975. He was a member of Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons, 1951-1957. He married Frances Valerie Gardner, Consultant Physician, RFH in 1958. He was appointed a Fellow of University College London, in 1975 and died in 1981. Publications: Surgical Diagnosis, 1977, various papers on surgical subjects.

Frances Valerie Gardner was born in 1913 and educated at Headington School, Oxford, Westfield College London (BSc, 1935) and the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women (MB, BS 1940, MD 1943). She was appointed Medical Registrar, at the Royal Free Hospital, 1943-1945; MRCP 1943; Clinical Assistant, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford, 1945-1946, Fellow in Medicine, Harvard University, USA, 1946 and Consultant Physician at the RFH, 1946-1978. She also held consultant posts at the Hospital for Women, Soho Square, London, the Mothers' Hospital, London, and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. FRCP 1952; She married George Qvist, Consultant Surgeon, RFH, in 1958. She served as Dean of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (RFHSM), 1962-1975 and President, RFHSM, 1979-1989. She was Chairman, of the London/Riyadh Universities Medical Faculty Committee, 1966. She was awarded the DBE 1975 and FRCS 1983. Publications: Papers on cardiovascular and other medical subjects in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet and the British Heart Journal.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the career of George Qvist, surgeon to the Royal Free Hospital (RFH), 1946-1975, and Surgical Tutor, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (RFHSM), and and also his wife Dame Frances Violet Gardner, Consultant Physician, RFH, and Dean of the RFHSM, comprising:

Correspondence and papers of George Qvist, relating to his surgical and teaching career, including personal correspondence, photographs and press cuttings, 1952-1979; job applications and testimonials, 1933-1952; copies of articles, lectures and papers by Qvist, 1941-1979, on surgical subjects, and on the National Health Service, particularly the problems facing General Practitioners, 1964-1966; patient photographs from hospitals in the Royal Free Group, 1949-1974, illustrating a wide variety of medical conditions, used by Qvist for teaching and research, including chest photographs, slides and X-Rays acquired by Arthur Tudor Edwards FRCS (d 1946), Surgeon-in-Charge, Department of Thoracic Surgery, London Hospital; obituaries of Qvist, 1981; papers on memorials to Qvist, including the opening of George Qvist Ward in the Accident and Emergency Department at the RFH, and the George Qvist Lectures at RFH, 1986-1990;

Correspondence and papers of Dame Frances Violet Gardner, on her career as a cardiologist at the RFH and as a teacher and administrator at the RFHSM; including personal correspondence and photographs, 1946-c.1981; copies of articles by Gardner on cardiology; photographs and cuttings on Gardner's visit to Saudi Arabia, to advise on the establishment of a School of Medicine at the University of Riyadh, 1966; obituaries, 1989.

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Conditions governing access:

Staff and patient records are normally closed for 100 years, administrative records for 30 years. Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Archivist, Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre, 'The Hoo', 17 Lyndhurst Gardens, London NW3 5NU, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers deposited following Dame Frances Gardner's death in 1989.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also the administrative records of the Royal Free Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Created May 2001, revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 15 May 2001, revised Nov 2001

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