Title: Medical Manuscripts Collection
Classmark: MS 2032
Main language: English
Size and medium: 25 volumes, 31 letters, 2 papers, 1 folder, 1 envelope; manuscript notebooks, manuscript papers, photographs
Collection group(s): Medical Collections
This artificial collection groups together some individual manuscripts relating medical practice and education. The general content of the collection includes lecture notes, case notes and papers, many of which are by individuals associated with the Leeds School of Medicine or the Leeds General Infirmary. They cover a range of subjects, such as surgery, anatomy, materia medica, chemistry, and physiology.
The collection contains a number of volumes of lecture notes, many of which were delivered by notable figures in the fields of medicine and chemistry. These include: Thomas Young (1726-1783), William Cullen (1710-1790), Joseph Black (1728-1799), John Latham (1761-1843), John Abernethy (1764-1831), James Gregory (1753-1821), Joseph Adams (1756-1818), Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), and Francis Boot (1792-1863).
There are also some sets of notes from lectures delivered at the Leeds School of Medicine, including by Berkeley G.A. Moynihan (1865-1936), 1st Baron Moynihan; and a volume of lectures given by Joseph Prince Garlick (1793-1865), William Hey III (1796-1875), and Thomas Pridgin Teale senior (1801-1867), during the 1835/1836 session of the School.
A number of these lecture notes can be linked to entries in the manuscript catalogue of the original library of the Leeds School of Medicine [see MS 2032/2 for further details].
The collection also contains manuscripts relating to the Leeds General Infirmary, such as: patient case notes and clinical photographs kept by staff at the Leeds General Infirmary; correspondence and manuscripts by people associated with the Infirmary; and a register of circulation of the Infirmary Medical Library.
In addition, the collection has manuscripts relating to medical societies, including the minute book of the Leeds Medical Club; and a report on a visit to Vienna by the Moynihan Chirurgical Club.
Within catalogue descriptions for individual manuscripts, the original terminology has been used, and where possible modern terms have been provided in square brackets using MeSH (US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings).
Many of the manuscripts were transferred to Special Collections from the Medical and Dental Library in 1981; see individual catalogue entries for specific details for each item. Some can be traced back to the original libraries of the Leeds General Infirmary and the Leeds School of Medicine.
They each originally had an individual MS reference number and were listed under various artificial collections, including SC MS Case notes, SC MS Ess, and SC MS Gen. They have all been given new reference numbers, and any original reference numbers have been recorded on the individual catalogue entries.
These archives were catalogued as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Medical Collections Project (2015-2018).
The collection arrangement begins with the two manuscripts relating to the libraries of the Leeds General Infirmary and the Leeds School of Medicine respectively; then lists each individual manuscript or file in chronological order.
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Catalogues of archives are usually arranged in hierarchies - one hierarchy for each collection in the archive. The details on display will be of a record at a particular level of the hierarchy. There may be other records above, below, or alongside this record in the same hierarchy. You can see the full hierarchy under 'In this collection'.