Thomas Ferguson Rodger collection online

The catalogue for the papers of Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907-1978), the University’s first Professor of Psychological Medicine, is now online.  Rodger was a graduate of the University and received a BSc in 1927 and MB ChB in 1929. You can find out more about him from our earlier blog post.

Thomas Ferguson Rodger during his years as a student at the University of Glasgow

The collection includes notes for lectures and addresses given to students and to various clubs, societies and associations; conference papers; material relating to committees and organisations he was involved with, such as the World Health Organisation and the World Federation for Mental Health; and patient case notes, including psychiatric reports and correspondence relating to patients treated by Rodger from the late 1920s-1970s.

Rodger was a leading figure in British psychiatry in the decades after the Second World War and an important champion of a broad and inclusive approach to the treatment of mental illness.  The collection is an important source for the social historian of medicine as it provides a rich insight into the history of psychiatry and of psychotherapy in Scotland in the second half of the 20th century, especially in the West of Scotland. If you are interested in using the material in this collection for a research project please contact us.

We would like to thank the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History (RRMH) grants scheme for providing funding for this project.



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