Trowell, The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh)

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/HCT
Held at: Wellcome Library
Domain: archival
Title: Trowell, The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh)
Date(s) of contents: 1928-1989
Level of description: Collection
Extent and medium: 17 boxes


Name of creator(s): Trowell, The Rev Dr Hubert Carey (Hugh), OBE,MD,FRCP (1904-1989) Physician, paediatrician, and nutritionist

Administrative/Biographical history: Brief Chronology:
Jul 1904: Born
1928: Qualified at St Thomas's Medical School
1928: Married Margaret Sifton
1928-1929: House Physician, St Thomas's Hospital
1929: Colonial Medical Service, Kenya
1930-1958: Study of kwashiorkor
1933: MRCP
1935-1958: Senior Physician and Senior Paediatrician, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
1937: Handbook for Dressers and Nurses
1939: Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases in the Tropics OBE
1945: FRCP
1954: Kwashiorkor with J Davies and R Dean
1957: Second Albert Cook Lecture, Annual Conference, BMA, Uganda
1958: Diseases of Children in the Sub-tropics and Tropics, with D Jelliffe
1959: Return to England
Non-infective diseases in Africa
1960: Ordained into Anglican Church
1960-1970: Vicar at Stratford-sub-Castle, and chaplain to Salisbury Hospital
1960-1964: First Chairman of London Medical Group for Study of Medical Ethics
1960-1966: Study Secretary of the newly formed Institute of Religion and Medicine
Chair of BMA working party on the ethical aspects of euthanasia
1970: Retired, study of 'dietary fibre'
Inauguration of the Hugh Trowell Lecture at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
1972: Introduction of term 'dietary fibre'
1975: Refined Carbohydrates Foods and Disease, with Denis Burkitt
1977: Co-Chairman of the Pritikin Centers, USA
1977: Witness at Senate Committee on Nutrition, Washington
1979: President of Institute of Religion and Medicine
1981: Western Disease: Emergence and Prevention, with Denis Burkitt
1985: Dietary Fibre, Fibre Depleted Foods and Disease, with Denis Burkitt
Jul 1989: Died
See also obituaries in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, the British Medical Journal

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The papers were given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (now The Wellcome Library Archives and Manuscripts department) in August 1989 by Elizabeth Bray, Trowell's daughter, following Trowell's 1987 approach to the Archivist of the Wellcome Tropical Institute, whose archives were amalgamated into the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in 1988


Scope and content/abstract: The papers majority of papers in this collection concern Trowell's work on fibre, carried out in close cooperation with Denis Burkitt, exploring its role in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease. There are no primary sources from the period Trowell spent as Senior Physician at the Mulago Hospital, Uganda, 1930-1958, where he was one of the key researchers into the protein-calorie malnutrition disease kwashiorkor. However, publications can be found at C.1 and the work is discussed in transcripts of taped reminiscences (A.2), and in Trowell's biography (A.5).
Section D of this list consists of papers generated by Trowell's engagement in the debate on the interface of religion and medicine.

System of arrangement: Arranged by section as follows: A Biographical material, 1928-1989; B Correspondence, 1971-1989; C Writings, medical, 1941-1988; D Religion and medicine, 1960-1979; E Lecture slides


Language: English

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:


Related material: For other related collections in Archives and Manuscripts see sources leaflet on Nutrition; Tropical Medicine; Alternative Medicine; East Africa; Ethical Questions
Some publications given to the WIHM Library
NIDS microfiche
Reminiscences, concerning his work in Uganda, with the Oxford Developmental Records Project, at Rhodes House
Trowell's books, and photocopies of some of his papers were given to the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen


Note: Abbreviations:
BM Batchelor of Medicine
BS Batchelor of Science
BMA British Medical Association
BMJ British Medical Journal
c. circa
cv curriculum vitae
DM Doctor of Medicine
FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
HCT Hugh Carey Trowell
MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians
OBE Commander, Order of the British Empire
ts typescript
USA United States of America
WHO World Health Organisation

Date(s) of descriptions: 01/10/1994


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