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Records of the M.R.C. Scottish Growth Study

Identifier: Coll-549

Scope and Contents

The material is composed of: letters to schools; equipment orders; papers noting the reason for the study, nature of the study, method of study, difficulties likely to be met, personnel involved, and costs; papers showing progress; much individual child data; application forms for M.R.C. clinical trial of human growth hormone; and, agenda and minutes of M.R.C. working party on human growth hormone.


  • Creation: 1975-1977

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

In the 1970s, the Medical Research Council conducted a Scottish survey of short stature in children, with particular reference to growth hormone deficiency. A circular letter was sent to various Scottish schools proposing the screening - with parental consent - for measurement of the height of children in Primary 2 and Primary 3.


2 linear metres (12 boxes)

Physical Location

MSS 2521-2532

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records acquired from the the Department of Child Life and Health, Edinburgh University, 1985, Accession no. E91.68.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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