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RIE, Professor Norman Dott, Neurology, Ward 20, Filed by Disease, 1922-1976

Identifier: LHB1 CC/22

Scope and Contents

This series covers case notes from various stages in Dott's career that have been filed by the condition of the patient. The series includes patients from Dott's time operating in private nursing homes before 1931 and from his subsequent work at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) before and after the establishment on the National Health Service (1948).

These case notes are housed in 34 boxes. Original case folders housed both single and multiple cases, the arrangement of which has been unaltered in their preservation and rehousing. In their original filing, alphabetical identifiers classified patients by condition, after which numbers were allocated (for example, FNu37, F Br23 or PM5). Since these identifiers can also be seen written onto typed case summaries in LHB1 CC/20, it is possible that some of these cases are copies of documents filed in other series. Yellow stickers on folders indicate the presence of photographs. Other record forms include: correspondence; charts; handwritten notes; and reports. Whilst many cases are represented by typed and structured summaries, others may be confined to original handwritten notes or a few items of correspondence (when a medical opinion rather than a consultation was requested from Dott.)Yellow stickers on case note folders indicate the presence of photographs. A blue, yellow or red sticker indicates that an x-ray film has been removed for long-term preservation purposes. Please note that these cases may contain photographs taken at post-mortem examination.


  • Creation: 1922-1976

Language of Materials


Physical Description

genreform: Paper, black-and-white photographs, glass plate negatives and x-ray film

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records conveying sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Where records relate to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced in the record, on the next 1 January. Case records of individuals below 18 years of age or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date recorded in the record, on the next 1 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage.

LHSA encourages the use of these records for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes, and records that are designated as closed can be consulted by legitimate researchers if certain conditions are met. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at


2690 Files

Physical Location

LA r7 b1; r8 b8

Related Materials

LHSA holds three related case note collections:

  1. LHB1 CC/24 (RIE Professor Norman Dott, Neurology, Ward 20)
  2. LHB1 CC/20 (RIE, Professor Norman Dott Case Notes)
  3. LHB40 CC/2 (Bangour EMS Surgical Neurology Case Notes)

Papers from the Department of Surgical Neurology form part of LHSA's Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh collection (LHB1/61A). LHSA also holds a number of medical illustrations and demonstration boards made for teaching, clinical practice and research output. Please consult LHSA Archivist for more details. The Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, holds personal papers from Norman Dott (GB237 Coll-32).

Physical Description

genreform: Paper, black-and-white photographs, glass plate negatives and x-ray film

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive: Case Notes Repository