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CHEYNE, Sir William Watson (1852-1932)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA KH/PP3
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: CHEYNE, Sir William Watson (1852-1932)
Date(s): 1872-1873
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: one file
Name of creator(s): Cheyne | Sir | William Watson | 1852-1932 | Knight | Surgeon Rear Admiral.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1852, educated King's College, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh University, graduating, 1875; after a brief visit to Vienna, appointed House-Surgeon to Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and also appointed Demonstrator of Anatomy in Edinburgh University, 1876-1877; Lister's first House Surgeon, King's College Hospital, 1877; Extra-Sambrooke Surgical Registrar, 1878; Assistant Surgeon and Teacher of Practical Surgery, 1880; Surgeon with Care of Out-Patients, 1887; Surgeon and Teacher of Operative Surgery, 1889; Professor of the Principles and Practice of Surgery, 1902; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1894; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, 1879; Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons, 1888, 1890-1892; President, Royal College of Surgeons, 1914-1916; Civil Consulting Surgeon to British forces during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902; Consulting Surgeon to the Royal Navy, 1915; Knight Commander, Order of St Michael and St George, 1916; elected Member of Parliament for the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews, 1917; Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, 1918-1922; Died, 1932.

Publications: translated Robert Koch, Investigations into the etiology of traumatic infective diseases (London, 1880); Antiseptic surgery, its principles, practice, history and results (Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1882), that was derived from his thesis for the Jacksonian prize awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons, 1881; Manual of the antiseptic treatment of wounds (Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1885); Suppuration and septic diseases (Y. J. Pentland, Edinburgh and London, 1889); translated Carl Flugge, Micro-organisms, with special reference to the etiology of the infective diseases (London, 1890); The objects and limits of operations for cancer (Bailliere and Co., London, 1896); On the treatment of tuberculosis diseases in their surgical aspect (J. Bale and Co., London, 1900); Tuberculosis diseases of bones and joints, their pathology, symptoms, and treatment (London, 1911); Lister and his achievement (Longmans and Co., London, 1925), the first Lister Memorial Lecture delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons, 1925.


Scope and content/abstract:

File of typescript entitled 'Notes on the Cases in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, taken by W. Watson Cheyne', comprising lectures on clinical surgery delivered by Joseph Lister, 1872-1873, and including observations on the diagnosis, description and treatment of testicular swelling, spina bifida, lymph abscesses, carcinoma of the breast, varicose ulcers, burns, varieties of fractures, and assessing the germ theory of putrefaction and the dangers of the use of chloroform to anaesthetise patients.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

King's College Hospital.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London College Archives holds entries relating to Cheyne in King's College London Council Minutes (Ref: KA/C/M); King's College Hospital Board of Governors' Minutes (Ref: KH/G/M); King's College Hospital Committee of Management Minutes (Ref: KH/CM/M); King's College Hospital Medical Board, Minutes (Ref: KH/MB/M).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
British Library OPAC, Herbert Willoughby Lyle, King's and some King's men (London, 1935); Who was who, Dictionary of National Biography. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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:
18 May 2000

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