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Sigerist Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/SIG
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Sigerist Society
Date(s): 1947-1955
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Sigerist Society
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Named after Henry Ernest Sigerist (1891-1957) the Swiss medical historian, the Sigerist Society was founded in 1947 by a group of left wing doctors with a strong Marxist component. They met 2 or 3 times a year to discuss medicine in society, and wider philosophical issues. Members included Philip Hart, Martin Roff, Richard Doll and Julian Tudor Hart. The Society probably ended in 1955.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of meetings of the Sigerist Society, 1947-1955.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

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:

Papers given to the Wellcome Library in 1995 by Mrs Avis Hutt, widow of Alan Roscoe Clarke who was a member of the Society.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of Sir Richard Doll are held as PP/DOL.

More information on socialist perspectives on medicine and health, from a slightly later period, can be found in the papers of the Politics Of Health Group (SA/PHG).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
June 2008

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