Queen Square: A history of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology

Queen Square: A history of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology

Simon Shorvon, Alastair Compston
Cambridge University Press, 2019
Pages: 561
ISBN: 978 1 107 10082 4 (Hardback)
Online ISBN: 781316181430


As the first neurological hospital in the world, founded in 1859, the National Hospital, Queen Square, and its affiliated Institute of Neurology remain leading neurological centres providing exceptional clinical services, teaching and research. Illustrated by over 100 historical images and much unpublished archival material, this book provides a comprehensive history of the National Hospital, the Institute, and their staff. It relates the ups and downs of the Hospital and Institute in war and peacetime, their financial struggles, many personality conflicts, efforts to remain independent and to maintain neurological dominance, academic and clinical contributions, issues relating to specialisation and sub-specialisation and relations between disciplines, and the changing roles of the Hospital and Institute. The history is told from varying perspectives against the backdrop of the evolution of British clinical neuroscience, the special position of London medicine, and the influence of world wars, and is set in the context of modern British social history.

Table of contents


Chapter 1: Foundation and Making of the National Hospital

Chapter 2: Queen Square, the Salmon Pink and Other Hospital Buildings

Chapter 3: Queen Square and Neurology 1860–1902

Chapter 4: National Hospital Quadrumvirate

Chapter 5: Roller-coaster Ride and the National Hospital Rubs Along 1902–1945

Chapter 6: Five Dominant Physicians

Chapter 7: The NHS Arrives and the Hospital Celebrates its Centenary 1946–1962

Chapter 8: Beyond the Walls: British Neurology Outside Queen Square

Chapter 9: Neurosurgery and War Neurology at Queen Square

Chapter 10: Other Clinical Specialties at Queen Square

Chapter 11: The Investigatory Specialties at Queen Square

Chapter 12: The Medical School and the Institute of Neurology

Chapter 13:  The Rise of Academic Neurology at Queen Square 1962– 1997

Chapter 14:  Never, Never, Ever –  Change and Integration 1962– 1997

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