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Title: 50th Anniverary of first successful operation to remove a brain tumour: collected papers and items

Reference: MVH/EF/7

Date: 1897 to 1934

Description: The papers include letter to Hughes Bennett from an anti-vivectionist [c1884]; press cuttings concerning the anniversary, November-December 1934; notes for the press [1934]; correspondence from persons invited to attend the commemorative events, 1934; Jubilee Dinner, 1934 - list of those attending by purchased tickets, list of those attending by invitation and list of those not attending; Jubilee Dinner, 1934 - draft of speech for toast to Godlee's memory, report of speeches, toasts and menu; related papers; die stamp, possibly of John Rickman Godlee; article, 2009; related notes.


Parent: Events and fund-raising

Storage Reference: 2 boxes [Boxes 131, 132]



Date: 1897-1934 Level: Series Admin history: Sir Rickman Godlee carried out the first successful operation to remove a tumour on a patient’s brain at Maida Vale Hospital on 25 November 1884. The patient had been under the care of Dr A Hughes Bennett. After remaining well for some time, the patient developed meninigitis with a fungus cerebri and died on 23 December 1884. The operation attracted much interest in the contemporary medical and lay press and sparked a heated controversy in the pages of The Times between proponents of animal experiments and anti-vivisectionists. The fiftieth anniversary was celebrated with a Jubilee Dinner and other events in 1934.

Keywords: Godlee Sir Rickman John Cat status: Catalogued Person key: Bennett; Alexander Hughes (1848-1901); physician Godlee; Sir; Rickman John (1849-1925); surgeon; neurologist

Keywords: Calm Archives

Compilations: NHNN archives

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