Rolleston, Humphry Davy, Sir, 1862-1944

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British physician, Oxford professor, historian of medicine.

From the description of Papers, 1882-1943. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 35328759

Rolleston was a distinguished British physician who served as a consulting physician to the Royal Navy during World War I and was personal physician to George V. He was also an honorary fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a consultant to the Army Medical Library.

From the description of Centennial of the Army Medical Library : address of Humphry Davy Rolleston, [1936?] (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14312584

From the guide to the Centennial of the Army Medical Library : address of Humphry Davy Rolleston, 1936-1944, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston was born in Oxford in 1862. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating with a medical degree in 1891. After acting as house-physician, he was appointed demonstrator of anatomy at St. Bartholomew's, at the same time gaining clinical experience as assistant physician to the Metropolitan Hospital. In 1890, he was elected curator of the museum, and three years later, assistant physician at St. George's Hospital. Soon afterwards, he joined the staff of the Victoria Hospital for Children, later becoming consulting physician in both hospitals. In 1901, he went to South Africa as consulting physician to the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital in Pretoria during the South African War. On his return to England, he became immersed in practice, lecturing and writing, co-editing the second edition of the System of Medicine between 1905 and 1911.

During the First World War, he served as consulting physician to the Royal Navy with the temporary rank of surgeon rear-admiral, and was knighted in 1918. After the war, he held in succession the presidencies of the Royal Society of Medicine (1918-1920), the Royal College of Physicians (1922-1926), and the Medical Society of London (1926-1927). In 1923, he was appointed physician-in-ordinary to King George V and from 1932 to 1936, was physician-extraordinary. In 1924, he was created a baronet and the following year was appointed Regis Professor of Physic at Cambridge, holding this post until 1932 when he became emeritus. From 1936, he was editor-in-chief of the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice .

Through out his career, he received numerous honours, including honorary degrees from universities in Britain, Europe and the United States. He died in Haslemere in 1944.

Published work Diseases of the liver, gall-bladder and bile-ducts, Macmillan and Co. London (1912)

From the guide to the Sir Humphry Rolleston collection, 1901, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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creatorOf Sir Humphry Rolleston collection, 1901 Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf Rolleston, Humphry Davy, Sir, 1862-1944. Centennial of the Army Medical Library : address of Humphry Davy Rolleston, [1936?] National Library of Medicine
creatorOf [Humphry Davy Rolleston, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Papers, 1922-1965 (inclusive), 1925-1952 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Sir Humphry Rolleston collection, 1901 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Centennial of the Army Medical Library : address of Humphry Davy Rolleston, 1936-1944 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Packard, Francis R. (Francis Randolph), 1870-1950. Letters, 1921-1936. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Teale, T. Pridgin (Thomas Pridgin), 1831-1923. Letter, 1906, Apr. 10 : Leeds, to T.C. Allbutt. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Power, D'Arcy, Sir, 1855-1941. Papers, 1900-1939 and undated. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Papers of Sir John William McNee, 1887-1984, medical doctor, Professor of Practice of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 1936-1953, 1902-1954 Glasgow University Archives Service
creatorOf Rolleston, Humphry Davy, Sir, 1862-1944. Correspondence to Morley Roberts, 1925. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Rolleston, Humphry Davy, Sir, 1862-1944. Papers, 1882-1943. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
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associatedWith Bateson, William, 1861-1926. person
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associatedWith Bramwell, Byrom, Sir, 1847-1931. person
associatedWith British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 corporateBody
associatedWith Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960 person
associatedWith Henderson, Yandell, 1873-1944. person
associatedWith Horder, Thomas Jeeves Horder, Baron, 1871-1955. person
associatedWith Hurst, Arthur F. (Arthur Frederick), Sir, 1879-1944. person
associatedWith Hutchison, Robert, Sir, 1871-1960. person
associatedWith Jones, Harold Wellington, 1877-1958. person
associatedWith Mackenzie, James, Sir, 1853-1925. person
associatedWith MacNalty, Arthur Salusbury, Sir, 1880-1969. person
associatedWith Marie, Pierre, 1853-1940. person
associatedWith McNee, Sir John William (1887-1984: medical doctor, Professor of Practice of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 1936-1953) person
associatedWith Moore, Norman, 1847-1922. person
associatedWith Moynihan, Berkeley Moynihan, Baron, 1865-1936. person
associatedWith Myers, Charles Samuel, 1873-1946. person
associatedWith Newman, George, Sir, 1870-1948. person
associatedWith Packard, Francis R. (Francis Randolph), 1870-1950. person
associatedWith Power, D'Arcy, Sir, 1855-1941. person
associatedWith Scott Robert Falcon 1868-1912 person
associatedWith Sherrington, Charles Scott, Sir, 1857-1952. person
associatedWith Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston person
associatedWith Smith, G. Elliott (Grafton Elliott), Sir, 1871-1937. person
associatedWith Sudhoff, Karl, 1853-1938. person
associatedWith Teale, T. Pridgin (Thomas Pridgin), 1831-1923. person
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Birth 1862-06-21

Death 1944-09-23

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