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Penicillin, wartime distribution to civilians in Edinburgh

Identifier: GD1-74

Scope and Contents

Papers on the use of penicillin for civilians 1944; correspondence relating to the supply of penicillin to Edinburgh hospitals 1944-1945; requests for supplies of penicillin 1944-1945; correspondence relating to returns of use of penicillin 1945; correspondence relating to supplies of sub-standard penicillin 1945; correspondence relating to increased supplies of penicillin 1945; penicillin treatment record forms 1944-1945


  • Creation: 1944-1945

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Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 and 75 year Scottish closures rules apply

Biographical / Historical

In 1944 a supply of penicillin for use in the treatment of civilians became available in Scotland, to be distributed within the divisions of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Professor Sydney A. Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Edinburgh University, was responsible for the setting up of a Committee to oversee the distribution of penicillin in Edinburgh; this Committee also consisted of Dr. W. G. Clark (Medical Officer of Health), Professor J. R. Learmonth (Department of Surgery), and Professor T. J. Mackie (Department of Bacteriology). These papers relate to the distribution of penicillin to hospitals in Edinburgh, and the use thereof, particularly in Bangour Hospital, City Hospital, Leith Hospital, Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and the Royal Infirmary, which were originally named as Distribution Centres of penicillin to other hospitals.


0.075 shelf metres: papers


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accessioned pre-1980, no details available


No further accessions are expected

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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