Material relating to A.E. Barclay

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Material relating to Alfred Ernest Barclay (1876-1949), the eminent Manchester radiologist who was the first radiologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Barclay was born in Manchester and, after qualifying in medicine and gaining experience at the London Hospital, he returned to his home town in 1906 to set up as a specialist in radiology in partnership with Dr W.J.S. Bythell, running a successful private practice on Brazenose Street in Manchester. In the same year, Barclay was invited to join the staff of Ancoats Hospital in Manchester as Honorary Radiologist. There he presided over the first proper x-ray Department in Manchester. In 1908, Barclay set up the new X-ray, Electrical and Massage Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary in its new building on Oxford Road. Barclay left Manchester for Cambridge in 1928.

The material here comprises; a Radiographic Report, dated 11th -13th October 1923, produced by A.E. Barclay at his private practice and containing four mounted radiographs of a patient's gastro-intestinal tract, imaged over the course of three days; two publications by A.E. Barclay, namely "Radiology- Empiricism or Science?" (1945) and "Diagnostic Radiology Today and Tomorrow"(1945), a plea for recognition and training in the radiological profession, and two photocopies of an article by Barclay entitled "Early Days of radiology in Manchester" (1948)., printed in the Manchester University Medical School Gazette, 1948.