Collection KH/CN - PATIENT CASE NOTES: King's College Hospital

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PATIENT CASE NOTES: King's College Hospital


  • 1840-1959 (Creation)

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754 volumes, 699 boxes and 104 files

Scope and content

King's College Hospital patient case notes, medical and surgical records and indexes, [1828]-1959; containing detailed patient medical and personal information, clinical data and disease profiles; typically including name, age, dates of admission and discharge, ward and precise address or home parish/town; clinical data including reason for admission, diagnosis and outcome and covering a wide range of specialisms and a cross section of diseases notably infectious diseases, cancer, nervous diseases, congenital illnesses, accidental or self inflicted injuries and poisoning.

KH/CN1: Series of case notes of patients in King's College Hospital arranged in sections by physician or surgeon in chronological order, 1840-1928. 668 volumes and 104 files.

KH/CN1/1-61 (1840-1859): Professor Robert Bentley Todd, Physician to the Hospital and Professor of Physiology;

KH/CN1/62-113 (1840-1878): Professor Sir William Fergusson, Surgeon to King's College Hospital;

KH/CN1/114-147 (1873-1887): Sir George Johnson, Professor of Clinical Medicine;

KH/CN1/148-202 (1859-1895): Lionel Smith Beale, Professor of Medicine;

KH/CN1/203-226 (1863-1874): Sir Alfred Baring Garrod, Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy;

KH/CN1/227-248 (1876-1895): Alfred Baynard Duffin, Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine;

KH/CN1/249-264 (1876-1899): Isaac Burney Yeo, Joint Professor of Medicine;

KH/CN1/266-310 (1863-1889): John Wood, Professor of Clinical Surgery;

KH/CN/311-326 (1867-1888): Henry Smith, Professor of the Principles and Practice of Surgery;

KH/CN1/327-355 (1873-1892): William Smoult Playfair, Professor of Obstetric Medicine;

KH/CN1/361-387 (1885-1906): Thomas Crawford Hayes, Professor of Obstetric Medicine and the Diseases of Women and Children;

KH/CN1/388-413 (1886-1907): David Ferrier, Professor of Neuropathology;

KH/CN1/ 414-435 (1882-1888): William Rose, Professor of Surgery;

KH/CN1/436-493 (1889-1914): Surgeon-Rear-Admiral Sir William Watson Cheyne, Professor of Clinical Surgery;

KH/CN1/494-503 (1894-1916): Albert Boyce Barrow, Consulting Surgeon to King's College Hospital;

KH/CN1/504-510 (1894-1922): Frederic Francis Burghard, Senior Surgeon and Lecturer on Clinical Surgery;

KH/CN1/511-512 (1898-1899): John Curnow, Professor of Clinical Medicine;

KH/CN1/513-522 (1898-1918): Albert Carless, Professor of Surgery;

KH/CN1/523-524 (1900, 1911): Sir Nestor Tirard, Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine;

KH/CN1/525-528 (1902, 1907-1909, 1917): Professor Norman Dalton, Senior Physician and Lecturer on Medicine;

KH/CN1/529-533 (1903-1910): Sir Hugh Reeve Beevor, Physician;

KH/CN1/537-585 (1907-1927): George Frederic Still, Professor of Diseases of Children;

KH/CN1/586-592 (1908-1923): Sir Raymond Henry Payne Crawfurd, Physician and Director of Medical Studies in the Medical School;

KH/CN1/593-597 (1908-1925): William Aldren Turner, Physician in Charge of Neurological Cases and Lecturer in Neurology in the Medical School;

KH/CN1/598-605 (1913-1927): Arthur Edmunds, Senior Surgeon and Lecturer in Surgery;

KH/CN1/606-613 (1914-1927): Thomas Percy Legg, Surgeon;

KH/CN1/614-629 (1913-1927): Sir George Lenthal Cheatle, Senior Surgeon;

KH/CN1630-647 (1920-1927): Orthopaedic Clinic run by Charles Jennings Marshall, Harold A T Fairbank, Senior Orthopaedist, and St John Dudley Buxton, Junior Orthopaedist and Junior Surgeon and Buxton's independent cases (KH/CN1/678-687, 1922-1928);

KH/CN1/648-662 (1919-1928): John Everidge, Junior Urologist and Junior Surgeon;

KH/CN1/663-677 (1919-1927): Urogenital and Urological cases of John Everidge and John Thomson-Walker, Senior Urologist;

KH/CN1/688-713 (1919-1929): Sir Charlton Briscoe, Senior Physician and Dean of the Medical School;

KH/CN1/714-736 (1920-1928): Douglas Firth, Junior Physician;

KH/CN1/737-744 (1920-1923): Harold Waterlow Wiltshire, Lecturer on Morbid Anatomy and on Practical Medicine;

KH/CN1/745-749 (1920-1923): Francis Whittaker Tunnicliffe, Professor of Materia Medica and Pharmacology;

KH/CN1/750-765 (1922-1927): Cecil P G Wakeley, Senior Surgical Registrar and Surgical Tutor;

KH/CN1/766-772 (1923-1928): Arthur Whitfield, Professor of Dermatology and Charles Frederick Terence East, Junior Physician; Richard Partridge, Surgeon and Professor of Anatomy (KH/CN3/2, 1869-1872);

KH/CN1/534-536 (1904-1913): Throat Department notes.

KH/CN2/1-689: General patient case notes describing treatments and the work of staff covering a wide range of specialisms, 1928-1939. 689 boxes


  • John Geoffrey Yates Bell, Assistant Urological Surgeon, 1930-1937, Urological Surgeon, 1937;
  • Sir Charlton Briscoe;
  • St John Dudley Buxton, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Lecturer on Orthopaedics from 1922;
  • Terence Cawthorne, House Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat, 1924-1928, Surgeon, 1939;
  • Sir George Lenthal Cheatle;
  • Edward Bellis Clayton, Surgeon, Children's Department at King's, 1907-1908, Medical Officer in Charge of the Electrical and Massage Department at King's, 1912, Director of Physiotherapy, 1913-1946;
  • Macdonald Critchley, Junior Neurologist, 1928, Physician for Nervous Diseases, 1935, Head of Neurology, 1937;
  • William Ingledew Daggett, Junior Aural Surgeon, 1928-1935, Aural Surgeon, 1935;
  • John Alexander Drake, Assistant Physician, Dermatological Department, 1919, Director of the Department for Venereal Diseases, 1920, Dean of the Medical School, 1932;
  • Charles Frederick Terence East,
  • Arthur Edmunds,
  • Harold Clifford Edwards, Surgeon, 1934, Dean of the Medical School;
  • John Everidge,
  • Harold Fairbank,
  • Douglas Firth,
  • Sir William Gilliatt, Senior Obstetric and Gynaecological Surgeon;
  • Archibald Gilpin, Assistant Physician, 1935, Physician, 1942;
  • Lynette Hemmant, Venereologist, 1930;
  • Charles William Menelaus Hope, Clinical Assistant to Sir St Clair Thomson, 1910-1914, Assistant Surgeon, 1914-1922, Surgeon, 1922-1940, Consulting Surgeon, 1940;
  • John Bowman Hunter, Assistant Surgeon, 1927, Dean of the Medical School, 1938;
  • Arthur Wallis Kendall, Assistant Surgeon, 1934, Vice-Dean of the Medical School, 1939;
  • Robert Daniel Lawrence, Biochemist, 1924, Assistant Physician-in-charge of the Diabetic Department, 1932, Physician, 1939;
  • Thomas Percy Legg, Assistant Surgeon, 1910, Senior Surgeon, 1930;
  • Harry Audley Lucas, House Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat Department, 1920, Assistant Pathologist, 1921, Lecturer in Pathology and Bacteriology in the Dental School, 1930, Sub-Dean and Vice-Dean in the Medical School, 1931-1937;
  • Robert Alexander McCance, Biochemist during the 1920s and 1930s;
  • John Bell Milne, Lecturer on Dental Mechanics, 1923, Lecturer in Prosthetics, 1930, in charge of Dental Department, 1932-1947;
  • Edward Grainger Muir, Assistant Surgeon, 1934;
  • Victor Ewings Negus, Junior Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat Department, 1924-1931, Surgeon, 1931-1940, on retirement of Charles Hope, Senior Surgeon, 1940-1946;
  • Charles Edward Newman, Physician, 1937;
  • Alexander Croydon Palmer, Obstetric and Gynaecological Surgeon, 1925-1932, Surgeon 1932-1946;
  • John Harold Peel, Obstetric Tutor, 1932, Obstetric and Gynaecological Surgeon, 1943;
  • Lewis Herbert Savin, Assistant Ophthalmic Surgeon at King's, 1931, Senior Surgeon, 1945;
  • Wilfred Percy Sheldon, Assistant Physician and then Physician-in-Charge of the Children's Department at King's from 1928;
  • George Frederic Still,
  • William Aldren Turner,
  • Cecil P G Wakeley,
  • Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson, 1878-1937, Neurologist at King's from 1919.

KH/CN3/1-19: Case notes, abstracts, and loose records of doctors and departments of King's College Hospital or related to it, 1828-1958, with notes by Lord Lister, 1st Baron Lister of Lyme Regis, Professor of Clinical Surgery, William Fergusson and others, diet sheets and the case notes of some named patients, 12 files and 4 volumes.

KH/IN: Indexes comprising: KH/IN1, Indexes to medical case records, 1963-1927, 46 volumes;

KH/IN2, index cards of diseases, 1928-1937, 5 boxes;

KH/IN3, Indexes of surgical cases, 1863-1901, 15 volumes;

KH/IN4, post mortem registers, 1860-1959, 20 volumes;

KH/IN5, indexes of Robert Bentley Todd's nervous disease cases, 1840-1848, 1 volume.

System of arrangement

KH/CN1: volumes of boxes of notes compiled by students or clinical clerks of patients under the care of senior staff and arranged by the name of physician or surgeon in chronological order. The overall sequence is broadly chronological, 1840-1928;

KH/CN2: volumes or boxes of patient notes arranged in a general series by year, the system that replaced note taking arranged in series by clinician, 1928-1939;

KH/CN3: miscellaneous case notes of named physicians including collections of unusual cases additional but complementary to KH/CN1, 1828-1958;

KH/CN4: volumes of Lord Lister's patient notes

KH/IN1: index volumes of medical cases, 1863-1927. This complements the volumes of KH/CN1 that normally contain their own individual indexes of patient surname and/or disease;

KH/IN2: index cards of diseases without patient names and referring to the KH/CN2 series, 1928-1937;

KH/IN3: index of surgical cases, 1863-1901, referring to KH/CN1;

KH/IN4: indexes of post mortems, 1860-1959;

KH/IN5: individual physician/surgeon indexes for Robert Bentley Todd's nervous disease cases, 1840-1848.

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Biographical history

In 1839 the Council of King's College London was persuaded by Robert Bentley Todd (1809-1860), a physician at the College, to lease a disused workhouse in Portugal Street near Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Royal College of Surgeons, and convert it for use as a hospital. This was the first King's College Hospital and it opened in 1840. Its purpose was to provide King's College medical students with a place in the near vicinity of the College where they could receive instruction by their own professors. The Council of King's College London became the supreme governing body of the Hospital, largely through a Board of Governors, with the right to appoint all medical staff. A Committee of Management undertook the day to day administration and appointed lay officers. The Sisterhood of St John the Evangelist provided all nursing and catering for the Hospital between 1856 and 1885. A second hospital was opened in 1861 on the site of the first extended hospital. A Medical Board was subsequently established at the College to oversee the academic work and teaching. By 1900, the changed nature of the surrounding area of the Hospital and the fact that about a third of patient admissions came from South London, led to a Special Court of the Governors, in 1903, adopting a proposal to move King's College Hospital south of the river Thames. In 1904 an Act of Parliament was obtained to remove the Hospital to Denmark Hill, on land purchased and presented to the Governors by Hon William Frederick Danvers Smith, later Lord Hambleden. A foundation stone was laid in 1909; that year King's College London was incorporated into the University of London and the Hospital established as a separate legal entity. At the same time the Committee of Management took over responsibility for teaching in the School of Advanced Medical Studies, bringing into existence King's College Hospital Medical School. The Faculty of Medical Science remained at the College providing pre-clinical training, while the Hospital Medical School provided clinical training, the latter being recognised as a School of Medicine by the University of London. The new Hospital was opened in 1913. From 1914 to 1919, the Hospital became the Fourth London General Military Hospital and a large part of it was taken over for military uses. In 1923 a Dental School and Hospital was established within the Hospital. In July 1948 the National Health Service Act came into operation. A King's College Hospital Group was recognised as a teaching group managed by a Board of Governors and responsible to the Minister of Health. In 1948 the King's College Hospital Group consisted of King's College Hospital, Royal Eye Hospital, Belgrave Hospital for Children, Belgrave Recovery Home, and Baldwin Brown Recovery Home. From 1966 the King's Group consisted of King's College Hospital, Belgrave Hospital for Children, Belgrave Recovery Home, Baldwin Brown Recovery Home, Dulwich Hospital, St Giles Hospital, and St Francis Hospital. In 1974, due to the reorganisation of the National Health Service, the Board of Governors of King's College Hospital Group was disbanded, and replaced by a District Management Team. The King's Health District (Teaching) was thus formed as one of the four Districts in the Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (Teaching). The second reorganisation of the National Health Service took place in April 1982, resulting in the King's Health District (Teaching) becoming a new Health Authority, the Camberwell District Health Authority. In 1983 King's College Hospital Medical School was reunited with the College to form King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Hospital came under the management of the King's Heathcare Trust in 1993. The United Medical and Dental Schools (UMDS) of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals merged with King's College London in 1998, creating the Guy's, King's and St Thomas's School of Medicine.

Custodial history

The original series, arranged by senior physician was consulted by students and staff of the old King's College Hospital in Portugal Street and transferred to the Registrars' rooms in the new Hospital at Denmark Hill in 1913. A new, general, series was begun in 1928, comprised of cases in each year until 1939. This and the old series were transferred to a basement storage area of the Medical School Library around 1945. The majority of records were moved for safe keeping to the Royal College of Surgeons in 1957 before final deposit in King's College Archives in 1984. A small number of volumes retained by the Hospital in 1957 have since been transferred to Archives.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

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Related materials

King's College London: The administrative and other records of King's College Hospital including publications and the papers of related scientific societies such as the Listerian and photographs of physicians and wards, notably of Joseph Lister; the private papers of doctors featured in many of the case reports including Sir Watson Cheyne (KH/PP3), Professor Arthur Edmunds (KH/PP4), Professor Sir William Fergusson (KH/PP7) and Herbert Willoughby Lyle (KH/PP11).

Royal College of Surgeons of England: Lord Lister's patient case notes from King's College Hospital, 1877-1893. These have been transferred to King's College London Archives and can be found in the catalogue under KH/CN4.

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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