Title: Berkeley Moynihan Collection
Classmark: MS 2066
Creator(s): Moynihan, Berkeley George Andrew (1856-1936)
Size and medium: 2 volumes, 2 envelopes, 2 folders
Collection group(s): Medical Collections
A collection of manuscripts by Berkeley G.A. Moynihan. Contains a volume of clinical notes made whilst visiting the clinic of Ernst von Bergmann in Berlin, 1890; files of receipted invoices for purchasing various personal and professional goods and services; an appointments diary for 1927; and a set of manuscript notes for an article or lecture on cholelithiasis, thought to be in Moynihan's hand.
Berkeley George Andrew Moynihan (1856-1936), 1st Baron Moynihan, was an eminent surgeon based in Leeds.
Moynihan pursued a career in medicine, undertaking his training at the Leeds School of Medicine from 1883 and graduating in 1887 with a degree from the University of London. He then took up the post of house surgeon at the Leeds General Infirmary under Arthur Fergusson McGill. He stayed at the Infirmary for the rest of his life, eventually becoming consulting surgeon from 1927. He specialised in abdominal, gastric and pancreatic surgical techniques.
Moynihan was demonstrator of anatomy for the Leeds School as Medicine (1893-1896); he went on to become a lecturer in surgery, and was the first professor of clinical surgery at the University of Leeds by 1910. He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England between 1921 and 1931.
In 1909 he set up The Moynihan Chirurgical Club as a society of clinical surgery. The aim was to form a group of a number of provincial surgeons to observe operations and discuss medical practice, and the group is still in existence today.
He was knighted in 1912, appointed a CB in 1917, a KCMG in 1918, a Baronet in 1922, and then first Baron Moynihan of Leeds in 1929.
In 1895 he married Isabella Wellesley Jessop (?1872-1936), daughter of the surgeon Thomas R. Jessop (1837-1903). They had three children. He died in 1936, and was buried at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds.
Hugh Dudley, ‘Moynihan, Berkeley George Andrew, first Baron Moynihan (1865-1936)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35138, accessed 7 Feb 2017];
University of Leeds, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Medicine website, ‘People of Achievement: Rt Hon Lord Berkeley Moynihan (1865-1936)', http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/299/history_of_the_school/365/people_of_achievement/7;
Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online, ‘Moynihan, Sir Berkeley George Andrew, Lord Moynihan of Leeds (1865-1936)’ http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E000226b.htm
The Berkeley Moynihan Collection has been created from bringing together a number of different manuscript files or items by Moynihan, which were previously catalogued individually under separate reference numbers. These include: MS 544, MS 545, MS 546 and MS 686. These were each received by Special Collections in 1981.
Catalogued as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Medical Collections Project (2015-2018).
The items have been arranged generally into chronological order.
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