By Terry Gould
The authors hint the heritage of Atkinson Morley's health center from the time of its inception in 1869 to the current day. The medical institution used to be endowed through Atkinson Morley, a London lodge proprietor, who was once a member of the Board of Governors of St George's clinic with the purpose of delivering St George's with its personal convalescent facility, the 1st of its type within the uk. The booklet follows the existence and instances of the benefactor, the occasions major as much as the development of the convalescent medical institution, and its trials and tribulations as much as the start of the second one global warfare, together with biographical information of the various eminent medical professionals who acted as vacationing employees over this era. From 1942 the clinic went less than an enormous switch in use, from a convalescent facility to an across the world well-known neuroscience centre. those alterations are specified, including the personalities concerned, and those info are set opposed to their greater historic context.
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Mr. Colebrooke's Cedars of Lebanon have long been a feature of the grounds of the hospital and survive to this day in the visitor's car park in the front of the hospital, though some sustained damage in the hurricane of 1987. Mr. Colebrooke was a generous supporter of both St. George's and the Atkinson Morley's; and amongst his many gifts was a long case clock which is still in the possession of the parent hospital. Increasingly conscious of the benefits of exercise in convalescence the Management Committee arranged for tar paving to be laid on the south frontage walkway to make it easier for patients to walk outside after heavy rain.
George's Hospital congratulated itself by noting that 'it cannot but consider that the above is a very satisfactory proof of the beneficial working of the convalescent hospital'. Furthermore, the cost only amounted to £4,400 against an income of £5,250, a situation which even the most miserly Governor would applaud. An excellent beginning! Sadly the financial state of the hospital would not always remain so healthy, but it was abundantly clear that Atkinson Morley's munificence was at last beginning to benefit increasing numbers of the sick poor.
He qualified in 1873 and the following year obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians before obtaining a house physician post at Addenbrookes Hospital. Whilst at Cambridge he took a Natural Science Tripos from Gonville and Caius in 1876. He passed his Bachelorship in Medicine in 1877, before proceeding to a Doctorate of Medicine and election as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Ewart was appointed Assistant Physician to St. George's Hospital from 1882 to 1887 and Physician from 1887 to 1907.