DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material
 DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material
 DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material
 DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material

DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

DR EVAN BEDFORD | Medical papers, diaries, and related material

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot Details



Medical papers, comprising:

i) War Diaries, as Consulting Physician to Middle East Forces, in two volumes, detailing tours to military hospitals throughout the Middle East (Palestine, Syria), Egypt, and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as other locations such as refugee camps ("...El Shatt...17000 [Yugoslav] refugees in three camps ... 20 to a tent. Very dusty and hot...", 29 April 1944), with notes on administration and medical matters such as infectious diseases, TB, malaria, dysentery, vaccination programmes, an outbreak of plague, malnutrition amongst Indian troops in Italy ("...Hindus just wont eat - have to be forcibly fed - don't like the food there - then anorexia nervosa...", 26 October 1944), individual cases of heart disease (often with diagrams), and the treatment of VIP patients including Winston Churchill (15-28 December 1943) and King Ibn Said in Jeddah (6-7 February 1945), 359 pages plus blanks, 4to, 1 February 1943 to 18 September 1945, black roan, with typescript transcriptions

ii) red box file, containing a FILE OF PAPERS RELATING TO HIS TREATMENT OF CHURCHILL, including a manuscript memorandum ("Sir Winston Churchill's illness in Carthage, Dec. 1943"), typescript medial notes (1943), autograph medical notes (1962-65), cardiogram, correspondence, cuttings; together with other correspondence and papers, from school exercises to a five year diary commencing 1974 (occasional entries)

iii) Churchill, Sir Winston. Typed letter signed, to Bedford, 1 page, 8vo, 28 Hyde Park Gate, 17 September 1962, framed and glazed

iv) album of press clippings, photographs, letters, and ephemera, including further correspondence relating to his treatment of Churchill and a Christmas card signed by the Duke of Windsor

v) [Starke, Leslie]. Pencil and wash caricature of Bedford (“A Patient’s Eye View”), 1953, inscribed by the artist’s wife, 580 x 410mm, framed and glazed

vi) two printed books: Snellen, H.A. A Disorder of the Breast. Rotterdam: Kooyker, 1976, 4to, presentation copy, blue cloth, slipcase; Furneaux, W.S. Philips' Popular Manikin. George Philip, n.d., folding body plate, printed covers, worn

vii) two lever-arch files labelled "Catalogue | Evan Bedford's Cardiological Library"

viii) 7 framed family photographs, various sizes, and an envelope containing 14 modern copy-prints from negatives dated 1918

ix) small group of medical instruments

x) c.20 certificates and diplomas, in 3 rolls

D. Evan Bedford (1898-1978), CBE, was an eminent cardiologist who served as a Brigadier in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War II and as consulting physician to the Middle East Forces. He treated Churchill when he suffered atrial fibrillations during a bout of pneumonia in Tunis in 1943, and treated him again in his final years.

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