Dott, Norman McOmish, 1897-1973 (Neurosurgeon)
- Existence: 1897-1973
Dott was born in Edinburgh in 1897, and educated at George Heriot's School there. Originally apprenticed as a joiner and engineer, he suffered a serious hip injury in an accident, and the observation of medical practice during his hospitalisation determined his future career and he entered Edinburgh University Medical School in 1914. Awarded the Syme Surgical Fellowship in 1921, he worked with Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafer, and his studies on the pituitary led to the award of a Rockefeller Fellowship which enabled him to work as Assistant Resident to Harvey Cushing at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, 1923-1924. With the exception of this year and a brief visit to Cushing in 1929, Dott remained in Edinburgh throughout his career. He did much to establish surgical neurology there and in 1947 became the first Professor of Surgical Neurology at the University. He was a founder member of the Society of British Neurologists in 1926, and its President, 1938-1945. During the Second Worl! d War he served with H.W.B. Cairns, Geoffrey Jefferson and others on the Brain Injuries Committee of the Medical Research Council. He lectured widely on his specialist subjects such as aneurysms, pain, pituitary and also on medical education, hospital planning and staffing, the history of medicine (mainly in relation to his own interests), and more informally on his own experiences and colleagues.
Found in 641 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents 2 copies of lecture by Norman Dott, 'Therapeutic Pituitary Deprivation', dated February 1963. The material consists of 2 copies of the talk with varying manuscript corrections. This uses some of the material to be found in reference in Harris 72 (see Coll-32/A.3 and D.181), expanded and revised to include a discussion of the new cases.
Dates: February 1963
Scope and Contents 2 grant applications by Norman Dott, August 1961 and March 1962. The applications relate to setting forth the present state of research in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Dates: August 1961, March 1962
Scope and Contents 2 lists of slides, created by Norman Dott. The slide lists refer to different talks on the subject of neurological syndromes of cerebral displacement by expanding lesions. One of the lists is dated October 1961 and marked 'American Lecture'. The other is undated but is c 1961.
Dates: October 1961 and undated
Scope and Contents 2 copies of lecture by Norman Dott, 'Hypophysectomy'. This talk was Dott's contribution to R.S.M. [Royal Society of Medicine] Section of Laryngology meeting, dated February 1963, and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 56 see reference Harris 72 in Coll-32/A.3 and also Coll-32/D.179. The material consists of 2 manuscripts of the lecture with different extensive corrections.
Dates: February 1963
Scope and Contents 2 versions of lecture by Norman Dott on Robert Burns and Medicine given in Edinburgh. The lectures have different mauscript corrections, and one has a note 'lent to Dr. Happel 27.11.70. [27 November 1970]'.
Dates: c 1964-27 November 1970
2 versions of 'Training and Certification in Surgical Neurology and Surgery for UK and overseas', 1966
Scope and Contents 2 versions of lecture by Norman Dott, 'Training and Certification in Surgical Neurology and Surgery for UK and overseas', 1966. The material consists of a report of the lecture as given; and another version based on it and dealing more specifically with medical education (different from the published version).
Scope and Contents 3 lectures by Norman Dott on head injuries. The material consists of an extensive survey with 90 slides dated 1963, adapted and expanded from Postgraduate Lectures at University of Edinburgh on the same subject. Lecture II includes manuscript notes of a discussion in Singapore. Lecture III (Operative Surgery) is entirely manuscript. See Coll-32/D.195 for a list of the slides.
Scope and Contents 3 manuscript drafts for lectures on pain by Norman Dott, the first of these is dated '8/24' [August 1924].
Dates: c 1924-1943
Scope and Contents 3 versions of paper 'Facial nerve grafting from the internal acoustic meatus'. The paper was delivered at the Second Workshop on Reconstructive Middle Ear Surgery, Chicago, dated February 1963. The material consists of 3 versions of the paper with different manuscript corrections or additional material; and a copy of the published paper with the title 'Facial nerve reconstruction by graft by-passing the petrous bone'. See reference Harris 74 in Coll-32/A.3.
Dates: February 1963
Scope and Contents 4 versions of a lecture by Norman Dott, 'Reflections on personal experience', dated 1964. These talks related to Dott's own career, including personal and professional material, given to various Edinburgh societies, principally the Rotary Club of Edinburgh, August 1964 and the Soroptimist Club of Edinburgh, September 1964. The material consists of 4 versions of the talk, all different or with different manuscript corrections, and brief correspondence with club secretaries regarding the talks.