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BARNES, Robert Sydenham Fancourt (1849-1908): letters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S69
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: BARNES, Robert Sydenham Fancourt (1849-1908): letters
Date(s): 1853-1892
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Barnes | Robert Sydenham Fancourt | 1849-1908 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1849; educated at Merchant Taylors' School, at a school in Honfleur, France; and Lincoln College, Oxford; studied clinical medicine at St Thomas's Hospital, and obstetrics in Dublin, at the Rotunda Hospital; worked at Marischal College, Aberdeen; graduated MD from Aberdeen University, 1875; returned to London and became closely associated with his father's practice; member the Royal College of Physicians, 1877; editorial staff of the British Medical Journal; member of the Board of Examination of Midwives, instituted by the Obstetrical Society of London (he subsequently transferred himself from this Society to the British Gynaecology Society); physician to the British Lying-in Hospital and the Great Northern Central Hospital, where he later became senior physician; physician to the St George's and St James's Dispensary; consulting physician at the Royal Maternity Charity and the Prudential Assurance Company; physician to the Chelsea Hospital for Women; Honorary Corresponding Fellow of the Societe de Gynecologie de Paris, the Gynaecological Society of Boston, USA, and the Societe Imperiale de Medecine, Istanbul (then Constantinople); by the mid-1890s Barnes had practically retired from hospital work, devoting himself entirely to private practice; died, 1908.

A Manual of Midwifery for Midwives (9 eds., last 1902)
System of Obstetric Medicine and Surgery (jointly written with Robert Barnes)
'The Indications Afforded by the Sphygmograph in the Puerperal State', Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London (1875)
Perineorrhaphy by Flap Splitting
Martin's Atlas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (translated and edited)
German English Dictionary of Medical Words
Neugebauer on Spondylolisthesis (for the New Sydenham Society)


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters to Robert Sydenham Fancourt Barnes, 1853-1892, including from the following: Etienne-Jules Marey; Sir William MacCormac; Sir Thomas Spencer Wells; Jonathan Hutchinson; Alexander Simpson; Giuseppe Chiarleoni; the Société Impériale de Médecine, Constantinople; Francis Neugebauer; William Smoult Playfair; Charles Warner; John Hall Davis and Alfred Meadows.

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Language/scripts of material:
English and French

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No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Passed from the College Library's 'Autographed Letters Collection' to the Archives in August 2007.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Jul 2008

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