London Throat Hospital
204 Great Portland Street, W1
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1887 - 1918


The London Throat Hospital was founded in 1887 by Dr. William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), an American surgeon who had settled in London in 1868, and Dr. Edward Woakes (1837-1912), a distinguished otologist, George Stoker (who would later establish the Oxygen Hospital) and others.  The Hospital had four beds and also had premises at 72 Bolsover Street, almost adjacent to the building in Great Portland Street.

In 1904, the King's Fund proposed that the five ENT hospitals in London (the Central London Throat and Ear Hospital, the Hospital for Diseases of the Throat, the Royal Ear Hospital, the London Throat Hospital and the Metropolitan Ear Nose and Throat Hospital) should amalgamate.  Negotiations began between the Royal Ear Hospital and the London Throat Hospital, but by 1913 these had broken down.  

In 1918 the London Throat Hospital  merged with the Throat Hospital in Golden Square.

Present status (February 2009)

The site now contains modern buildings belonging to the property letting agents Sofia House.

Sofia House
Sofia House at 204 Great Portland Street.

Sofia House
Bolsover Street
71-72 Bolsover Street is actually at the back of 206 Great Portland Street.

At the corner of Carburton Street and Bolsover Street, the building at 204 Great Portland Street is on the left and 72 Bolsover Street on the right.
The Impressionist painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler, painted several portraits of his brother, but is perhaps best known for his work Arrangement in Gray and Black, the painting popularly known as Whistler's mother.
(Author unstated) 1892 Throat and ear practice in Great Britain.  Journal of Laryngology, Rhinology, and Otology 6, 477-453.

(Author unstated) 1900 Obituary. William Macneill (sic) Whistler, M.D. British Medical Journal 1(2045), 613-614.

(Author unstated) 1912 Obituary. Edward Woakes, M.D. British Medical Journal 2(2702), 1001.

Black N 2006  Walking London's Medical History.  London, Royal Society of Medicine Press

Colledge L 1942 Amalgamation between the Golden Square Throat and Ear Hospital and the Central London Throat and Ear Hospital in Gray's Inn Road.  Journal of Laryngology & Otology 57, 113-119.

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