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

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-549
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      12 boxes (circa 2 linear metres). Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MSS 2521-2532

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

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


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

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.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.