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Level Collection
Extent 3 boxes
Title Travelling Surgical Society
Date 1924-2013
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Name Travelling Surgical Society
Description The collection comprises minute books, annual reports of the Society's visits to hospitals internationally and within Britain, 1924-2011, and histories of the Society, 1924-1994

The collection is divided into sections as follows:

/1 Minute books 1924-1984

/2 Annual reports 1924-1995

/3 Histories

/4 Photograph album 1958

/5 Souvenir books, 2008-

Historical Background The Travelling Surgical Society was founded in 1924 by twelve members keen to promote links with surgeons abroad to exchange ideas. Membership was set at 20. Annual visits lasting about a week were made, mostly abroad, but also to cities in Britain. A visit to Norway was planned for September 1939, but cancelled due to the outbreak of war. Visits were not resumed again until 1949.
Acquisition Details These papers were given to the Wellcome Library in August 1997 by Dr Alan Green, the Travelling Surgical Society's Assistant Archivist, on behalf of the Society. Minute book 1/1 was acquired from Dr Green in April 2009. Further annual reports were received from Alan Green in August 2012 (Acc 1926), with a further accrual in July 2013 (Acc 2000); and the first four Souvenir Books from Brian Ellis, Secretary to the Society, in November 2013 (Acc 2028)
Accession Number 724
Accession Number 1653
Accession Number 1926
Accession Number 2000
Accession Number 2028
Accession Number 2389
Access Status Open
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Related Material

In the Wellcome Library:

Papers of the Medical Pilgrims, founded in 1928 to be a similar organisation to the Travelling Surgical Society, are held as SA/PIL. Other records of the Medical Pilgrims can be found in the papers of Donald Hunter (PP/HUN), under the reference PP/HUN/D.3. Similar material includes the travel diaries of Sir Robert Macintosh, Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, describing his observations of anaesthetic practice worldwide 1937-1972 (PP/RRM).

Subject Anesthesia
Subject Surgery
Subject Expeditions
Subject Hospitals
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
System No. b9f73a06-dfbd-4390-8809-5a41e90f0f16