Levin, Ernst

Scope and Content

Clinical and medical correspondence, papers and case notes 1907-1970s; German correspondence and case notes 1920s-1971; general correspondence and papers 1904-1980

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Berlin in 1887, Levin studied medicine in Germany before serving as a medical officer in the 1914-1918 war, when he received awards for his bravery. In 1933 he was offered a Chair of Neurology in Munich as a result of work on the diagnosis of spinal cord tumours. He was unable to remain in Germany due to the political situation and, in 1933, he came to Scotland and began working at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh with renowned neurosurgeon Norman Dott (1877-1946). As well as acting as consultant neurologist to various Edinburgh hospitals, he also practised in private and lectured at the Edinburgh School of Speech Therapy. He died in 1975.


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Acquisition Information

Contemporary Medical Archives Centre, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, December 1983


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

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Custodial History

Records held within the family


No further accessions are expected

Related Material

Eastern General case notes (in LHB11)