Guthrie, Douglas

Scope and Content

Correspondence of John Kinnaird 1957-1959; miscellaneous papers 1948-1960; notes taken from Hospital minute books of 1859-1954; draft of History 1958; proof sheets; copy photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Douglas Guthrie graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1907. After service in the First World War he became a consultant Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, with a particular interest in speech disorders in childhood. After he retirement he pursued a related interest as a historian of medicine, and his publications included History of Medicine (1945). In 1948 he founded the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine.


Chronological within record class

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Acquisition Information

Accessioned pre-1980, no details available


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Held in archives of Royal Hospital for Sick Children


No further accessions are expected


Guthrie, Douglas. The Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, 1860-1960 Edinburgh: E. and S. Livingstone, 1960.