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Records of the Medical School, 1936 - 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/MED

Scope and Contents

Comprise subject files of the Regius Professor of Physic and 1936-61 and MD students files 1945-55 only.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (

Biographical / Historical

From the 1870s onwards, the Cambridge Medical School provided instruction in preliminary pre-clinical medical sciences via the Ordinary BA or Natural Sciences Tripos, followed by the MB (Bachelor of Medicine). Clinical experience was gained elsewhere, usually in London. After World War II, clinical studies began to develop, given impetus by Sir Lionel Whitby, Regius Professor of Physic 1945-56, the foundation of the NHS, building of the new, much enlarged, Addenbrooke's hospital and the report of the Royal Commission on Medical Education (Todd, 1968). The Medical Sciences Tripos was launched in 1966. The School of Clinical Medicine was established in 1976.


5.5 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred to the University Archives from the Medical Library on 31 July 2017.

Related Materials

There are papers relating to the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Addenbrooke's Hospital, 1940s-90s, among the archives of the Faculty of Biology 'B' (see UA BIOL B).


Medical School

Finding aid date

2018-03-05 17:09:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom