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Royal Marsden Hospital

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"Now gentlemen, I want to found a hospital for the treatment of cancer, and for the study of the disease, for at the present time we know absolutely nothing about it." - Dr William Marsden - 1851.

The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the world dedicated to the study and treatment of cancer. It was founded as the Free Cancer Hospital by Dr William Marsden at 1, Cannon Row, Westminster, following his wife's death from cancer.  

Outgrowing those premises the hospital needed a permanent site.  Angela Burdett-Coutts stepped in and loaned funds to purchase the Fulham Road site where the hospital opened in 1862.  Its name changed: 1910 to the Cancer Hospital (Free), then 1936 ‘Royal’ was added, then in 1954 it settled on the Royal Marsden Hospital.  In 1963 a second hospital was opened by the Queen in Sutton.

The ever-interesting Library Time Machine have a post on this hospital.

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Royal Marsden Hospital

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Royal Marsden Hospital

Founded in 1851 by William Marsden MD.

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William Marsden

Greater London Council William Marsden, 1796 - 1867, surgeon, founder of the...

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Dame Sheila Sherlock

Dame Sheila Sherlock

Born Dublin shortly before her parents moved to London. 1929 the family moved to Kent. With difficulty (due to her gender) she managed to gain a place to study medicine at the University of Edinbur...

Person, Medicine, Ireland

1 memorial
E. G. Slesinger, OBE

E. G. Slesinger, OBE

Chairman of the Board of Guy's Hospital in 1964. Born London.

Person, Medicine, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
William Harvey

William Harvey

Born at Folkestone, Kent. Discovered and proved the circulation of the blood.

Person, Medicine

2 memorials
Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital

From AIM: "Medical students at St Bartholomew's Hospital are first recorded in 1662. The School and the Hospital were formally separated in 1921, when the School was incorporated with a new title,...

Building, Education, Medicine

1 memorial