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King's College Hospital case notes, medical, surgical and post mortem registers

Identity Statement

Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: King's College Hospital case notes, medical, surgical and post mortem registers
Date(s): 1820-1959
Level of description: Series of King's College Hospital
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Extent: 1470 volumes
Name of creator(s): King's College Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

King's College Hospital case notes of patients were compiled under the names of doctors.


Scope and content/abstract:

Case notes, (KCH/CN), of King's College Hospital (KCH), including, bound volume of case notes, 1820-1836, authorship and hospital unknown; medical and other notes, 1840-1859, of Professor Robert Bentley Todd, Physician to KCH; surgical in-patients and other notes, 1840-1878, of Professor Sir William Fergusson, Surgeon to KCH; medical and other notes, 1873-1887, of Sir George Johnson, Professor of Clinical Medicine; medical and other notes, 1860-1895, of Lionel Smith Beale, Professor of Medicine; notes, 1863-1874, of Sir Alfred Baring Garrod, Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics and Physician to KCH; medical and skin diseases notes, 1876-1895, of Alfred Baynard Duffin, Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine; medical and other notes, 1875-1899, of Isaac Burney Yeo, Joint Professor of Medicine (with Dr Duffin); surgical and other notes, 1863-1889, of John Wood, Professor of Clinical Surgery; surgical and other notes, 1867-1888, of Henry Smith, Professor of the Principles and Practice of Surgery; surgical and other notes, 1877-1879, 1885-1886, of Professor Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister of Lyme Regis, Surgeon, and Professor of Clinical Surgery; case notes, 1870-1874, of Dr William Overend Priestley, Professor of Midwifery, and Dr William Smoult Playfair; surgical notes, 1882-1888, of Hutchinson Royes Bell, Assistant Surgeon, and William Rose, Surgeon; case notes, 1869-1872, of Richard Partridge, Surgeon, and Professor of Anatomy; medical and other notes, 1873-1892, including notes on children, Pantia Ralli Ward notes and King's College Ward notes, of William Smoult Playfair, Professor of Obstetric Medicine and the Diseases of Women and Children, and Physician to KCH; Surgical notes, 1885-1889, of Brand (a dresser); Gynaecological notes, 1899-1906; medical notes, 1890, of Dr John Phillips, Assistant Obstetric Physician, KCH; medical notes and reports, 1885-1906, of Thomas Crawford Hayes, Professor of Obstetric Medicine and the Diseases of Women and Children; medical notes and other cases, 1886-1907, of Sir David Ferrier, Professor of Neuropathology; surgical notes and other cases, 1888-1902, of William Rose, Professor of Clinical Surgery; notes, 1890-1914, of Surgeon-Rear-Admiral Sir William Watson Cheyne, Professor of Clinical Surgery; cases, 1894-1916, of Albert Boyce Barrow, Consulting Surgeon to KCH; cases, 1895-1922, of Frederic Francis Burghard, Senior Surgeon to KCH and Lecturer on Clinical Surgery; cases, 1898-1899, of John Curnow, Professor of Clinical Medicine; cases, 1898-1918, of Albert Carless, Professor of Surgery; notes, 1900, 1911, of Sir Nestor Tirard, Physician, and Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine; notes, 1902, 1908, 1919, of Professor Norman Dalton, Senior Physician and Lecturer on Medicine; notes, 1903-1910, of Sir Hugh Reeve Beevor, Physician; Throat Department notes, 1904-1913; notes, 1907-1927, of Professor George Frederic Still, Physician for Diseases of Children; notes, 1908-1923, of Sir Raymond Henry Payne Crawfurd, Physician at KCH, and Director of Medical Studies in the Medical School; notes, 1909-1920, of Dr William Aldren Turner, Physician in charge of Neurological Cases and Lecturer in Neurology in the Medical School; cases, 1914-1927, of Arthur Edmunds, Senior Surgeon and Lecturer in Surgery; cases, 1914-1915, 1922-1927, of Thomas Percy Legg, Surgeon, KCH; cases, 1914-1927, of Sir G Lenthal Cheatle, Senior Surgeon; cases, 1920-1921, of Charles Jennings Marshall, Junior Orthopaedist and Junior Surgeon; cases, 1920-1927, from Males Orthopaedic Clinic and Females Orthopaedic Clinic, run by Charles Jennings Marshall, Harold A T Fairbank, Senior Orthopaedist, and St John Dudley Buxton, Junior Orthopaedist and Junior Surgeon; cases, 1920-1927, of John Everidge, Junior Urologist and Junior Surgeon; Urogenital and Urological cases, 1920-1927, of John Everidge and John Thomson-Walker, Senior Urologist; notes, 1920-1927, of Sir Charlton Briscoe, Senior Physician; notes, 1920-1927, of Dr Douglas Firth, Junior Physician; notes, 1921-1923, of Harold Waterlow Wiltshire, Lecturer on Morbid Anatomy and on Practical Medicine; notes, 1922-1923, of Professor Francis Whittaker Tunnicliffe, Lecturer on Therapeutics and Applied Pharmacology and on Practical Medicine; cases and observation notes, 1922-1927, of Cecil P G Wakeley, Senior Surgical Registrar and Surgical Tutor; notes, 1923, of Dr Arthur Whitfield, Professor of Dermatology; notes, 1924-1927, of C F Terence East, Junior Physician, Senior Medical Tutor, and Lecturer on Morbid Anatomy; case notes, [1925]-1958; indexes to medical case records, 1901-1926, (KCH/CNI); post mortem registers, 1860-1914, (KCH/PMR); medical registers, 1863-1899, (KCH/RGM); surgical registers, 1864-1901, (KCH/RGS); medical and surgical registrar's abstracts, 1898-1900, [1950], (KCH/RGA); register of cases referred by provincial doctors, 1906-1909, of Dr John Phillips, Professor of Obstetric Medicine, (KCH/RGP); in-patients indexes, [1929]-1939, (KCH/IPI); surgical register of operations performed, 1876-1877, (KCH/RG/1); medical register of in-patients, 1890-1892, (KCH/RG/2); register of obstetric and gynaecological cases, 1934-1938, (KH/R20), admitted under Mr William Gilliat, Obstetrical and Gynaecological Surgeon, Mr Alexander Croydon Palmer, Gynaecological and Obstetric Surgeon, and Mr J H Peel; death registers, 1936-1956, (KH/R21-24); register of child births, 1941-1945, (KH/R31); London County Council mortuary register, 1932-1936, (LCC/R1).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Case notes are arranged under name of physician.

Conditions governing access:

Case notes touching on the privacy of named individuals are closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The majority of case notes were transferred to the Royal College of Physicians in 1957 by King's College Hospital and transferred to King's College London in 1984. A small quantity was retained in the Hospital and rejoined the rest via the Hospital Library in 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Royal College of Physicians to King's College London in 1984, and from the Hospital Library in 1986.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archive holds case notes of St Giles Hospital, 1946-1947, (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SGH/CN), Dulwich Hospital, 1947-1951, (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA DH/CN), and Royal Herbert Hospital, 1904-1907, (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA RHW/CN); various other registers (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA KH/R); correspondence concerning records, particularly case notes, kept in the Medical School Library, including a list of case notes placed in the Library by Dr Frederick F Cartwright in 1958, and an index, by condition and patient name, to the 'medical case records for 1905' (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA KHL/F3).

Selected case notes of Lord Joseph Lister were transferred to the Royal College of Surgeons in 1927.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Annabel Dodds as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Apr 2000

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