Letter of Arthur Joseph Wrigley, 1976

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Ms letter from Joe Wrigley to David May FRCOG describing his invention of the Wrigley's forceps while at St Thomas' Hospital. The letter is accompanied by a covering letter from Mr May to the RCOG President in February 1994 describing the circumstances under which the letter was written.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Joseph Wrigley (1904-1984) was educated at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School and practised at St Thomas's, beginning his career as registrar to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and later becoming obstetric physician. He also offered his services to Mount Vernon Hospital, the Grosvenor Hospital, the Lambeth Hospital, and to the London boroughs of Lambeth and Stoke Newington. He was a Fellow of the College and inventor of the short forceps- 'the Wrigley's'.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. mailto: archives@rcog.org.uk

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Penny Hutchins, Archivist in June 2013

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the estate of Arthur Joe Wrigley and Mr May.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Donated to the College by its recipient, Mr David May, in 1994, and passed to the College Archives by the President later that year.

Related Material

An example of Wrigley's Forceps is available in the RCOG Museum.