Royal Infirmary Of Edinburgh Department Of Dietetics

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous diet sheets and recipes c1958; 'The Foods We Need' 1935; Department of Dietetics badge

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1920 a report was commissioned by the Board of Managers of the RIE to investigate dietetic arrangements. Until that time there had been no formal dietetic treatment in the hospital. The report recommended that a dietician be appointed to be 'operative in directly providing or supervising the provision of special diets for individual patients'. Professor Jonathan Meakins, who at that time held the Chair of Therapeutics, began to practice dietetics in Wards 25 and 26, aided by Sister Ruth Pybus, who went on to become a leading dietician in Great Britain.


Chronological within record class

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Acquisition Information

R. Angove, July 2000; M. Clark, October 2000; A.M. Reid, June 2001


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History



No further accessions are expected

Related Material

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (LHB1)