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Burrows, Harold (1875-1955)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0168
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Burrows, Harold (1875-1955)
Date(s): 1914-1918
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Burrows | Harold | 1875-1955 | surgeon and biologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harold Burrows was born in India in 1875, the son of Surgeon-Major E P Burrows of the Bombay Army. Harold Burrows was educated at Marlborough and St Bartholomew's Hospital. After qualifying in 1899 he became a prosector at the Royal College of Surgeons and was also an assistant editor of The Hospital. His first surgical appointment was in 1903 at the Bolingbroke Hospital, Wandsworth, and in 1905 he became senior assistant surgeon to the Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich. In 1907 he joined the staff of the Royal Portsmouth Hospital. As a Territorial he was mobilised on the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war, served in France with the 20th General Hospital and later became consultant surgeon to the First Army and to the Army of the Rhine, with the rank of Colonel. He was twice mentioned in dispatches and created CBE in 1919. After the war he returned to Portsmouth, where he organised the collection of funds for providing orthopaedic clinics. In 1920 he was awarded the Jacksonian Prize of the Royal College of Surgeons for his essay, The results and treatment of gun shot injuries of the blood vessels. A regular worker in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons, Burrows was also a Hunterian Professor in 1922, 1933, and 1935. He published two very successful books Pitfalls of Surgery, and Surgical Instruments and Appliances. He became an experimental biologist at the research laboratories of the Royal Cancer Hospital (now the Chester Beatty Research Institute), in 1925. At the age of 63 he was awarded a PhD from London University. His major work The Biological Action of Sex Hormones was published in 1944 when Burrows was 69. He died in 1955.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Harold Burrows, 1914-1918, comprising an album of 'before and after' photographs of Burrow's facial repair cases during World War One, 1914-1918.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Additional manuscripts catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this material is not known.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume IV, 1952-1964. RHOB Robinson and WR Le Fanu(Edinburgh and London: 1970).

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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