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BRAIN, Walter Russell (Lord), (1st Baron Brain of Eynsham), neurologist

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0113 MS-BRAIW
Held at: Royal College of Physicians
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Full title: BRAIN, Walter Russell (Lord), (1st Baron Brain of Eynsham), neurologist
Date(s): 1865 -1977
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 150 items
Name of creator(s): Brain | Lord | Walter Russell | 1895 - 1966 | 1st Baron Brain of Eynsham | neurologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Russell Brain (1895-1966) was born in Reading, the son of Walter and Edith Brain on 23 October 1895; educated at Mill Hill School, Reading University College and New College, Oxford, originally reading history but after a period with the Friends' Ambulance Unit 1915-1918, returning to study medicine.

Brain held appointments at the London Hospital, first in 1920 then from 1927 until his death; at the Maida Vale Hospital for Epilepsy and Paralysis from 1925 and at Moorfield Eye Hospital between 1930 and 1937.

Brain was President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1950 to 1957. He was knighted in 1952, made Baronet in 1954, Baron in 1962 and elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964.

He was editor of Brain, the journal of neurology, for many years.

For a detailed account of Brain see Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society volume 14, London 1968, pp 61-82.


Scope and content/abstract:

The Brain archive comprises his personal and professional papers together with sampled case notes from his private practice, 1865-1977. As well as medical papers, there is a significant amount of material relating to Brain's philosophical and literary interests, and some papers of Brain's family and of his wife Stella (nee Langdon-Down).

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Conditions governing access:

Some items have a 100 year closure period.

Conditions governing reproduction:

All requests should be referred to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Available at the Royal College of Physicians.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the RCP's Adlib catalogue; edited 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:
Aug 2008

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