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Elliott, Professor Thomas Renton

  • Elliott, Professor Thomas Renton, 1877-1961
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Papers on clinical record keeping in the First World War, 1916-1918; re History of the Great War: Medical Services; clinical research on massive lung collapse and gas poisoning; administration of clinical medicine in University College Hospital, 1929-1932; Therapeutic Trials Committee (MRC), 1930s; letters, 1886-1937; silhouettes of Elliot and others in France.



Physical description

1 box 1 folder, 1 roll


Items 1-7, 11 and 19 relate to the First World War.

Item 8 relates to massive collapse of the lung.

Items 9 and 14 relate to University College Hospital London, at which Elliott worked in the Medical School.

Item 10 comprises material relating to clinical research.

Item 12 relates to disseminated sclerosis.

Item 13 relates to the Therapeutic Trials Committee.

Item 15 comprises correspondence received by Elliott.

Item 16 comprises miscellaneous personalia.

Item 17 comprises certificates.

Item 18 relates to work on Biological Flaps.

Acquisition note

Professor Elliott was a Wellcome Trustee (1936-1955) and at some time during this period it is possible that he gave various miscellaneous papers to the Library of the Wellcome Institiute for the History of Medicine. Small groups of material have been located in the Institute, and as they have appeared have been placed together in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre.

Acc 115 consisted originally of four box files which had been acquired by Dr. E. Ashworth Underwood as Director of the Institute.

Acc 124 were located in the bookstack.

Acc 144 were located amongst uncatalogued autograph letter material: they had a library accession number 314070 and were accessioned in 1967 but there is no note of provenance.

Biographical note

Outline of career

Educated Durham School & Trinity College Cambridge

1904 George Henry Lewes Scholar in Physiology

1906-1914 Student then House Officer of U.C.H

1908 Graduated M.D

1910 M.R.C.P Appointed to Staff of U.C.H

1913 FRS

1915 FRCP

1914-18 War - joined Officers Training Corps and went to France as assistant to Sir John Bradford. Became consultant to BEF with rank of colonel. Research on morbid anatomy of gunshot wounds of thorax.

Twice mentioned in dispatches.

1918 DSO. Married Martha M'Cosh (3 s 2 d)

1919 CBE. Returned to UCH as Consulting Physician & helped build up medical school.

1920-31, 1939-43 Member of Medical Research Council

1942 Member of Inter-departmental (Goodenough) Committee on Medical Schools

First Unit Director in University of London & first Professor of Medicine attached to the medical school at University College, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of London.

Medical advisor to Beit memorial and Wellcome Trustees.

Physiological papers mainly on Journal of Physiology & Brain, medical papers on gunshot wounds of the chest.

Related material

At other repositories:

Some material relating to Elliott's work at University College Medical School can be found there in the 'Medical Unit: General Files'.

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