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NAPIER, Lionel Everard (1888-1957)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0809 Napier
Held at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Full title: NAPIER, Lionel Everard (1888-1957)
Date(s): 1921-1952
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Napier | Lionel Everard | 1888-1957 | Professor of Tropical Medicine


Administrative/Biographical history:

Lionel Everard Napier was born in 1888 and educated at St John's School, Leatherhead and St Bartholomew's Hospital. Napier became a member and licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1914 and served in World War One, 1915-1918.

Napier worked as consultant on Tropical Diseases, Ministry of Pensions; Medical Editor, Caxton Publishing Company; editor of the Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Professor of Tropical Medicine and Director of School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta. Napier's work was recognised when he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1940 and when he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 1942. Napier died in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lionel Everard Napier, 1921-1952, relate to his work within the field of tropical medicine and contain publications, drafts and galley proofs of his work. Publications notably include reprints from the Indian Medical Gazette, many concerning kala-azar and other diseases affecting the Indian population, 1921-1940.

The collection contains drafts and galley proofs of some of Napier's work, including a typewritten draft paper titled 'The Treatment of Malaria' and draft papers on subjects including filariasis, yellow fever and leishmaniasis. Galley proofs include 'The Treatment of Malaria' taken from the Modern Treatment Series and proofs of papers concerning cholera, leishmaniasis and schistomiasis.

The collection also contains correspondence between Napier and Butterworths Medical Publications, 1951-1952, regarding Napier's contribution of a critical survey on tropical medicine for the 1953 annual progress volume to the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice.

Publications: Kala azar: a handbook for students and practitioners (Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London, 1923).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged into two series: publications (Napier/01) and drafts and galley proofs (Napier/02).

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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.

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids exist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

Ross Institute collection at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Ross Institute/03) contains within the Library Record Index a copy of Filariasis due to wuchereria bancrofti by L Everard Napier, 1944.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Oxford OPAC catalogue and Who was who 1951-1960 (A & C Black, London, 1961).
Compiled by Victoria Killick, LSHTM Archivist and 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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