Sir Hugh Cairns

The Cairns Library is named after Sir Hugh Cairns whose photograph is shown below.

Sir Hugh Cairns. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. Photo courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London. 

About Sir Hugh Cairns

  • Hugh Cairns was he first Nuffield Professor of Surgery.
  • He was a key figure in the development of neurosurgery as a speciality, the formation of the University of Oxford Medical School, and the treatment of head injuries during the Second World War.
  • The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has information about his life and work.
  • Further information including an MP3 audio clip is available from the ABC network.


We have compiled bibliographies in PDF format containing journal articles, books, and other items by and about Sir Hugh Cairns.

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