Papers of Samuel Lovell Davidson (1912-1999), paediatric surgeon

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Notes on medicine and surgery c.1940; articles on volvulus of the small intestine and surgery in the unborn child c.1940-1965; correspondence, 1946; Edinburgh University sermon by Stanley Alstead, 1961; obituary to Ivy Mackenzie, 1960; article by W.B. Primrose on the crucifixion of Christ, 1949.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Lovell Davidson was born in Spain in 1912 where his father, Norman, was medical officer to the Rio Tinto Mines. He graduated MB ChB in 1938 from Glasgow University and gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1944, becoming FRCS Glasg. in 1965. He was consultant paediatric surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow from 1948 until 1977 having previously worked at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh. He had a long association with the Princess Louise Hospital, Erskine, having been a resident there and becoming a visiting surgeon to the hospital for 43 years until he was 72. He was diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus in 1919 and was the first diabetic in Scotland to receive insulin in 1923. He achieved the distinction of being the longest living diabetic patient.


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Acquisition Information

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Archivist's Note


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Custodial History

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Related Material

Medical instruments in College museum collection.

Location of Originals

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