Fonds RC0471 - Sir John William McNee fonds

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Sir John William McNee fonds

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  • 1915-1928 (Creation)
  • 1915-1928 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records

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Sir John William McNee, professor of medicine, was born on 17 December 1887 at Murieston, Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotalnd. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne and then Glasgow University. He specialized in pathology and in 1914, after studies at Freiburg, Germany received an MD degree with gold medal. During World War I he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of major. He wrote several articles on gas poisoning, gas gangrene, and trench fever. He received the DSO in 1918 and was mentioned in war dispatches. After the war he was appointed to the teaching staff of University College Hospital, London, and went on to a distinguished career in medicine, receiving many awards and honorary degrees. After working for a time in the United States he returned to Britain to become regius professor of medicine at Glasgow University in 1935. He died at his home in Winchester on 26 January 1984.

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The fonds (25-1993) consists of McNee's notes, entitled "Gas Cases" contained in a notebook with the printed title "Army Book 136." The notes are in pencil, 21 pages in length, and cover the period May to July 1917. Also in the fonds are reports of the Chemical Warfare Medical Committee, reports of the Special Investigation Committee on Surgical Shock and Allied Conditions, offprints and pamphlets.

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Fonds was acquired from G.&D. Marrin & Sons, Folkstone, Kent in December 1993.


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