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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP14
CHIESMAN, Sir Walter Eric (1900-1973)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files


Name of creator(s)

Chiesman, Sir, Walter Eric, 1900-1973, Physician

Administrative / Biographical history

Walter Chiesman was born in July 1900. He was educated at Whitgift School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and St Thomas's Hospital, London, graduating MA, MB BCh. He obtained MD from Cambridge, 1934, and was elected FRCP 1947. Chiesman was appointed Resident Assistant Physician, 1928; and 1st Assistant, Medical Unit, 1929-1933, St Thomas's Hospital; Medical Adviser to Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), 1933-1945; Honorary Physician to the King 1950, and Honorary Physician to the Queen 1951. He also held the position of Medical Officer, Ministry of Supply (Chemical Defence), 1944, and Treasury Medical Adviser, 1945-1965. He was awarded CB 1955, and knighted in 1960. In 1930 he married Feodora Rennie. He died on 13 August 1973.

Archival history

Some papers appear to have been deposited in the St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library, by the family.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Walter Eric Chiesman comprising typescript copies of his theses, including his MD thesis 'The application of Rehberg's filtration re-absorption theory of renal secretion in the study of the excretion of water urea etc by the human kidney in health and disease', and 'The treatment of tuberculous pleural effusion by aspiration and replacement with air' [1920s]; file of papers by Chiesman, including off prints of published articles and typescript lectures relating to toxic effects of ethylene chlorohydrin, haemorrhage from peptic ulcers, diagnosis and treatment of lesions due to vesicents, industrial medicine, absenteeism, 1932-1963; 'Wartime papers' file containing mainly papers and lectures of Dr W E Chiesman, Medical Officer of the Ministry of Supply Factories, including papers relating to medical aspects of chemical warfare including health of factory workers and descriptions of individual cases, accident statistics, treatment of toxic burns, first aid in event of gas attack, decontamination of clothing, 1938-1943.

System of arrangement

Arranged as described in the Scope and Content

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

January 2004

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  • Actinomycetales infections
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemical warfare
  • Diseases
  • General pathology and symptoms
  • International conflicts
  • Kidney
  • Kidney diseases
  • Military engineering
  • Pathology
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ulcer
  • Urinary tract
  • Urologic diseases
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Chiesman, Sir, Walter Eric, 1900-1973, Physician

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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