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Papers and correspondence relating to the Second World War, 1939-1943

Identifier: Coll-32/B.11-B.36

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains papers and correspondence relating to Norman Dott's work during the Second World War. On the outbreak of war, it was expected that heavy air attacks might take place on all major cities and the 'Brain Injuries Unit' was set up at Bangour, West Lothian, with 80 beds and 2 temporary operating theatres. Active neurological surgery for civilians and members of the armed forces was transferred to Bangour, while 'Ward 20' at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was used mainly for out-patients. A substantial 5-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation enabled Dott to recruit and train a specialist staff and establish Edinburgh as a major centre of Surgical Neurology. Coll-32/B.11-B.16 relate mainly to the move to Bangour and arrangements for finance and staff. An account of the work of Scottish Centres 1940-1945 can be found in Coll-32/F.60. On a wider front, Dott served on the Brain Injuries Committee of the Medical Research Council, and as Regional Consultant in Neurosurgery, and with Sir Geoffrey Jefferson and Hugh Cairns played a part in establishing procedures and units for the treatmant of brain injuries, notably the 'mobile units' advocated by Cairns. Coll-32/B.17-B.35 deal with this work. Although most of the documents relate to 'war work', other matters, such as publications, cases and their treatment are discussed, and the correspondence with Jefferson in particular is of a very friendly and relaxed nature.


  • Creation: 1939-1943

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