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Sir Harry Platt Papers

Date range: 1886–1986

Medium: Archive

Sir Harry Platt was one of the foremost orthopaedic surgeons of the 20th century. During the 1920s and ’30s he established a formidable reputation as a surgeon in the North West of England. In 1939 Platt was appointed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Manchester.

After the war he worked to develop better hospital services within the new National Health Service. Platt also chaired influential committees on the care of children in hospitals, on emergency services and on nursing education. In 1954 he was elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the first orthopaedic surgeon to be so honoured.

Platt's extensive collection of papers encompass all the major features of his professional career: his expertise as a practising orthopaedic surgeon, his international reputation in the field, his activities as a lecturer and speaker, and his work on the co-ordination of regional and national orthopaedic services.

There are substantial quantities of patient records,analyses and correspondence, especially relating to Platt’s work on congenital dislocation of the hip and peripheral nerve injuries; correspondence relating to the Royal College of Surgeons and the International Federation of Surgical Colleges; papers relating to Platt’s writings, lectures and speeches; and material concerning orthopaedic provision during and after the Second World War.

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Further information:

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • Stella V. F. Butler, ‘Academic Medicine in Manchester: The Careers of Geoffrey Jefferson, Harry Platt and John Stopford, 1914–39’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 87.1 (2005), 133–66.
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