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Rolleston, Sir Humphrey Davy (1862-1944)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0167
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Rolleston, Sir Humphrey Davy (1862-1944)
Date(s): c1940
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 files
Name of creator(s): Rolleston | Sir | Humphrey Davy | 1862-1944 | Knight | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston was born in Oxford, in 1862. He was educated at Maclaren's School at Summerfield, Oxford; Marlborough College; and St John's College, Cambridge. He took 1st class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, parts 1, 1885, and 2, 1886; and was university demonstrator in pathology, anatomy, and physiology. He received his medical training at St Bartholomew's and became assistant physician at St George's, becoming physician in 1898, and eventually emertius physician. After serving as consulting physician for the Imperial Yeomanry, at their hospital at Pretoria, in 1900, he built up a large practice in Upper Brook Street, London. He made his name widely known by editing Allbutt and Rolleston's System of Medicine, 2nd edition, a reference work of enduring value, to which he himself contributed. His Fitzpatrick Lectures, 1933-1934, on the endocrines, were elaborated into an historical study, The endocrine glands, 1936. He was elected the first consultant (for life) to the Army Medical Library at Washington, the central workshop of English-speaking medical scholarship, when he attended as guest of honour at its centenary celebrations, in 1936. He edited The Practitioner, during 1928-1944. He died in 1944.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Humphrey Davy Rolleston, c 1940, comprising 10 files of manuscript material containing notes for articles on subjects such as the thymus, pineal, pancreas, carotid body, diabetes, and tuberculosis; notes for the review of a volume on the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1939; biographical notes on individuals including Caspar Bartholinus, Edmund Dickinson, and Jonathan Goddard; and a list of the biographical notes sent to the Royal College of Physicians in 1945. The notes are written on recycled correspondence and papers dating from the late 1930s to the early 1940s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The files have been arranged generally by subject, with some files containing a number of subjects.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Lady Rolleston in 1945.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 3, page 684

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:
Sep 2008

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