Collection UR-SF 52 - Professor John Anderson

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UR-SF 52


Professor John Anderson


  • c 1908-1935 (Creation)

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5 folders

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Professor J. Anderson, D.S.O., M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.E. Professor of Surgery, University College, Dundee Professor John Anderson was born 1886 at Macduff, Banffshire. He graduated at Aberdeen University in 1908. After one year as a House surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary he became a surgical officer at the Beckett Hospital, Barnsley and then studied at Tuebingen and Berliner Universities. In these two years there he acquired a working knowledge of experimental and applied methods of research. In 1911 he came back to Dundee and worked as an assistant surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary. On the outbreak of the first World War he joined the R.A.M.C. He was made surgical specialist to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station in France and later served as consulting surgeon to the 3rd Army under Sir Henry Gray. In 1918 he was awarded the D.S.O. After World War I he continued his work with great ability and zealous devotion to surgery. He was elected to two of the most exclusive surgical clubs in the country, membership of the Moynihan Club entailed annual visits to the principal surgical clinics at home and on the continent. He was appointed to numerous hospital posts, including those of surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, to the Glenlomond Sanatorium, the Infants hospital and Arbroath Infirmary. Students and patients gave him the highest respect. In 1930 he married the child of Maj.-General E. G. Sinclair- Maclaganin. With her he had two children, Kathleen and Isobel Jean. He became a senior surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary and he succeeded the late Prof. Turton Price in 1933. At the age of 49 he died on August 17th 1935.

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Personal papers, 1908-1935; personal and family photographs, 1908-1935; photographs of the first world war, 1914-1918; medical photographs, c 1918-1935



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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper and photographs.

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Microscope used in First World War, fountain pen and delivery container for cod liver oil transferred to the University's Museum Services.

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UR-SF 52

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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