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Acheson, James Alexander (1892-1968)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 WTI/JAA
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Acheson, James Alexander (1892-1968)
Date(s): 1925-1926
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Acheson | James Alexander | 1892-1968
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Administrative/Biographical history:

James Acheson graduated MB, BCh, BAO from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1921; Medical Officer for the British South Africa Company and subsequently for the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia [Zambia], 1923-1948, and had a special interest in dermatology. His MD thesis, 'Framboesia tropica or yaws, with special reference to its occurrence in the Kasempa District of Northern Rhodesia' (1927), was based on the observations recorded in these notes and photographs. Further biographical details can be found in the obituary in the British Medical Journal, 17 February 1968.


Scope and content/abstract:

Book of case notes, illustrated with photographs showing patients' progress, regarding yaws in the Kasempa District of Northern Rhodesia, 1925-1926.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Casebook and negatives of photographs used in the book.

Conditions governing access:

Open. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These items were given to the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science in 1983 by the widow of Dr Acheson. When the Museum closed, its collections were transferred to the newly-formed Wellcome Tropical Institute, and in 1989 the WTI collections were in turn transferred to the Wellcome Library.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

There is an analysis of the notebook by Dr Mark Lowenthal in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 76, No 5, 1982.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
May 2008

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