Tropical Diseases

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The Archives Hub has a substantial number of medical archives. If you are interested in the history of medicine, you can browse the collections from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Wellcome Library . You can also find the archives of the Faculty of Medicine from several UK universities.

Researchers looking into Tropical Diseases might be interested in the following collections:

  • Papers of Sir Patrick Manson: Held at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Research papers, notes and drawings including Manson's diaries, containing notes on the discovery of mosquitoes as carriers of malaria and patient case notes, bound manuscript notes of his discovery of filaria,, original drawings of eggs of bilharzias and embryos of guinea worms; publications by Manson; scientific artefacts including slides and glass vials containing mosquitoes; 30 volumes of medical examinations of candidates applying to work in the colonies and protectorates; photographs of Manson, his family, his birthplace and early photographs of the London School of Tropical Medicine.
  • Papers of Sir Ronald Ross, (1857-1932), surgeon: Held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Papers include: Nobel Prize material relating both to his own prize and the work of the committees, mathematical interests, medical writings, material relating to guinea pigs and inoculation, the life history of the common mosquito, the agricultural condition of Bengal and maps of the Surgeon General's Office, Calcutta, the Gold Coast and Africa.
  • Records of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine:Held at University of Liverpool Library, Special Collections and Archives. The School was founded in 1898, against the backdrop of the British colonial era, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was the World's first institution devoted primarily to tropical health.
  • Papers of Charles Wilcocks: Held at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Director of the Bureau of Tropical Medicine, his papers include: US War Department Technical Bulletins/TB Med and related correspondence; BBC radio scripts and related correspondence; Reports: Medical and Sanitary Data on various countries, compiled by the Medical Intelligence Branch, Preventive Medicine Division, Office of the Surgeon General, US Army.

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Copac also has a large number of medical collections that researchers can search. Medical libraries and collections that contribute to Copac include (to name but a few): The University of Cambridge: Medical Library, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Wellcome Library and UCL's Cruciform Library.

Using Copac to search for materials on or by Sir Patrick Manson. Here are a selection of the items found: