Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic

  • Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic
  • Archives and manuscripts

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Ephemera, cuttings, reprints by H W Crowe (1875-1961), the founder of the Clinic, on rheumatism and tuberculosis.



Physical description

2 boxes 1 oversize folder

Acquisition note

Miscellaneous items relating to Crowe and the clinic were presented to the Wellcome Institute Library in February 1990 by Dr N W Alcock, FSA, grandson of Dr Warren Crowe, who had found them among the effects of his late aunt Miss V F Crowe. They were transferred from the Library to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in April 1990. Further items were received in October 1990. A previous donation of books by Dr Warren Crowe and other members of staff of the Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic received from Dr Alcock has been incorporated into the Modern Medicine section of the Library. The lantern slides (GC/47/13) were received during 1997. They had previously been given to Dr A J Knoll by Dr Warren Crowe's family in 1987. Some additional material was received from Dr N W Alcock in March 2005.

Biographical note

This clinic was founded in 1928 by Dr Henry Warren Crowe (1875-1967) for the treatment of rheumatism and allied diseases. It was first established in Southwark and in 1932 a West End branch was opened but moved in 1939 to Weymouth Street in the West End. It operated partly as a free charitable clinic and partly as a fee-paying clinic (for those with incomes under £250 pa and a doctor's recommendation) and continued to do so after the setting up of the National Health Service. In 1936 the organisation was placed in the hands of a Charity Trust. A history of the Clinic can be found in the first issue of the journal it published, Rheumatism: A Journal Devoted to Clinical Aspects and Treatment, July 1938, pp 29-31

It has proved hard to discover biographical details of Dr Warren Crowe: he qualified in medicine in 1901 and disappears from the Medical Directory after 1966. No obituary notice has been traced.

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

There is a little correspondence relating to the Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic to be found among the British Medical Association Ethical Group files held in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre: see SA/BMA/D.115.

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Accession number

  • 342
  • 356
  • 740
  • 1334