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Extent 1 and 1/2 box,
Extent 6 o/s folders
Extent 1 o/s folder
Extent 1 photo album
Title McCarrison, Sir Robert (1878-1960)
Date 1913-1960
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Name McCarrison, Sir Robert, CIE, MD, DSc, FRCP (1878-1960), Nutrition expert, Indian Medical Service
Description 149 posters illustrating nutrition observations and experiments, 1913-c.1947; memorabilia including notes for speeches and letters received, 1931-1960; correspondence with Nutrition Society and Oxford University Press, 1950s; photograph album of Coonoor including the Pasteur Institute, 1920s-1930s.
Arrangement A Posters B Memorabilia C Photograph album
Historical Background Sir Robert McCarrison served in the Indian Medical Service 1901-1935, in research apart from active service in the First World War. From 1918 until his retirement in 1935 he worked in a unit, known from 1929 as the Nutrition Research Laboratories, at the Pasteur Institute at Coonoor, one of the smaller hill stations lying in the Doddabetta Ranges of the Blue Mountains, Nilgiri District (now part of the Tamilnadu state), Southern India (The Nilgiris, or Blue Mountains, are famous for their horticulture, coffee and tea plantations, and are inhabited by ancient tribes such as the Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas and Irulus - see C.1). Letters to him from his former assistants there, Mula Singh and Krishnan, on the publication of the Festschrift, can be found in B.5. His interest in deficiency diseases was aroused by his observations of the distribution of goitre and cretinism in Gilgit, where he served from 1904, and the posters in Section A illustrate his observations and experiments on the effects of diet on metabolism. A list in B.1 includes some of the titles of the posters in section A, but also mentions others not found.
Acquisition Details The material in accession 598 was transferred to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre from the International Nutrition Foundation, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, in October 1995, and had presumably been acquired by the late Dr Hugh Sinclair, who set up the Foundation. The photograph album C.1, accession 804, was presented as a gift to the CMAC in November 1998
Accession Number 598
Accession Number 804
Accession Number 1831

The following is an interim description of material that has been acquired since this collection was catalogued. This description may change when cataloguing takes place in future:

Half a box of material was received in July 2011 (acc. 1831) consisting of: one 'album' on The Thyroid Gland in Health and Disease by Robert McCarrison, contains envelope of letters of thanks for copy of book, press cuttings, photo and autograph and some draft papers in his hand (1917); file of texts of speeches and off prints of articles by McCarrison. .

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Related Material A small amount of material relating to interactions with George Scott William and Innes Pearse in SA/PHC/F.16/4
Subject Delivery of Health Care
Subject Colonialism


Subject Science
Subject Paintings
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
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