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MANSON-BAHR, Sir Philip Henry (1881-1966)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0809 Manson-Bahr
Held at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Full title: MANSON-BAHR, Sir Philip Henry (1881-1966)
Date(s): 1925-1966
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Bahr | Sir | Philip Manson- | 1881-1966 | Knight | Medical Researcher x Manson-Bahr
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Philip Henry Manson-Bahr was born in Liverpool in 1881; educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he specialised in Zoology. Having qualified at the London Hospital in 1907, he married Sir Patrick Manson's daughter, changed his name to Manson-Bahr and devoted the rest of his career to tropical medicine. Having studied filariasis in Fiji at the instigation of Manson, he worked on malaria and sprue in Ceylon before 1914.

During World War One he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East and Egypt, where he worked on schistosomiasis with Hamilton Fairley. He was instrumental in establishing Malaria Diagnosis Stations in forward areas during the war. After demobilisation he was appointed lecturer at the London School of Tropical Medicine and later Senior Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Director of Clinical Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1937-1947). Until his death in 1966, he worked as editor of successive editions of Manson's Tropical Diseases, work later followed up by his eldest son, Clinton Manson-Bahr.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Philip Henry Manson-Bahr, 1925-1966, comprise correspondence relating to the 17th edition of Manson's Tropical Diseases, an important textbook on the subject, with Charles Wilcocks, President of Royal Society of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, and relating to various matters including his retirement, the Manson lecture, the memorial to Sir Patrick Manson in Aberdeenshire; personal file including information on his work at the School and retirement and a copy of the publication The story of malaria: the drama and actors.

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Arranged into three series.

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

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Allied Materials

Related material:

Letters (26) from Alfred Newton, 1903-1907 and biographical notes on ornithologists, 1958 at the Edward Grey Institute, Oxford University. Ornithological drawings, 1923 at Zoological Society of London. Miscellaneous papers, ref: WTI/RST/H at the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Prevention and Cure: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, A 20th Century Quest for Global Public Health Lise Wilkinson and Anne Hardy, (Kegan Paul Limited, 2001). Edited by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
February 2008

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