Volunteers needed for new project: Medical Case Notes of Dr Archibald Garrod
Kingston University has received further funding from the Wellcome Trust to enhance the HHARP resource by digitising and transcribing the medical case notes of Dr Archibald Garrod. Dr Garrod was a consultant physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital from 1899 to 1913, and is now regarded as one of the founders of medical genetics. He was the first to translate Mendel's work on inheritance of physical traits into a medical context, and during his time at GOSH he began to develop theories of inherited disease susceptibility. His case notes constitute an important resource in researching and understanding developments in the field.
The 29 volumes of case notes will be digitised, and the first section of each case transcribed. The case notes follow a similar pattern throughout, each set of notes starting with a detailed pre-admission history, followed by a record of family illness, weekly wage and living conditions. The case notes will be linked to the existing data set of GOSH admissions, making them searchable by name, date or disease. In addition, the transcribed text will be key word searchable, and results presented in both original digital image and transcription form.
We need additional volunteers to transcribe and proof read the case notes using a specially designed interface on the HHARP website. Transcription and proof reading can be done at any time, via the internet, or at the University by joining a weekly volunteer session. No special experience is required - we will provide training and support.
Ideally, we ask if volunteers can commit to 2 hours per week, but we are flexible if you prefer to do more or less hours.
If you are interested we'd like to hear from you. Please contact:Juliet Warren
Researcher and Project Manager
Centre for the Historical Record
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Kingston upon Thames
Tel (direct): 020 8417 2359
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow added to HHARP website
6 December 2010: The HHARP team at Kingston is pleased to announce the availability of a database of admissions to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow (RHSC), on the HHARP website. The database, which covers the period from 1883 (when the hospital opened) to 1903, contains over 11,000 admission records. It includes similar detail to that found in the other London-based HHARP hospitals, with more information in many cases on the patients' parents, including name of parent, occupation and religion. The database follows the same structure as the existing databases, and uses the same standardisation and classification for diseases for ease of comparison. At the same time as loading the Glasgow dataset, a new compilation of articles will be added to the Historical Background section of website, providing some insights into the Alexandra Hip Hospital, the Evelina and the Glasgow hospital. With the addition of Glasgow, HHARP now provides access to 120,000 admission records to hospitals in London and Glasgow. The new website will also contain one or two new features, more details of these will be released closer to launch.