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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
LEIGH, Denis (1915-1998)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Leigh, Denis, 1915-1998, consultant psychiatrist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1915; Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital and Bethlem Royal Hospital, based primarily at the Maudsley; last Physician to the Bethlem; characterized Leigh disease, also called sub-acute necrotizing encephalopathy Leigh syndrome, 1951; Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association, [1977]; died, 1998. Publications: The Historical Development of British Psychiatry: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century , Volume I (New York, Pergamon Press, 1961).

Archival history

Transferred from the Neurology Department to the Institute of Psychiatry Library, 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the Institute of Psychiatry, 2006

Content & structure

Scope and content

Black and white photographs of rare pamphlets and typescript drafts and preparatory notes, [1960], for the production of Denis Leigh's Historical Development of British Psychiatry Vol. 1 (1961), (Vol. 2 was never published).

System of arrangement

Arranged in the original order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open. Visitors are required to provide proof of ID and sign an undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services of King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery as part of the VCDF upgrade programme.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2008

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  • History
  • History of medicine
  • Psychiatry

Personal names

  • Leigh, Denis, 1915-1998, Consultant Psychiatrist

Corporate names

  • Bethlem Royal Hospital, asylum for the insane, also known as Bedlam
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Maudsley Hospital

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