Notes on the Practice of Physic

Scope and Content

The medical notes were written 1850-1851. The lecturers were Sellers, Alison, and Home, though one lecture was by Southwood Smith. The notes are unsigned and there are two different sets of handwriting. The volume of manuscript is supported with a transcript - typescript document.

Administrative / Biographical History

Physic was the art of healing diseases; the science of medicine; the theory or practice of medicine. The medical Notes on the Practice of Physic in question here were written in Edinburgh in 1850-1851. The item has eight printed pages, being Syllabus of examinations on medical subjects, printed by John Muir, West Register Street, in Edinburgh. The remainder of the book contains pages of handwritten notes covering the practice of physic which was section 3 of the syllabus.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance

Acquisition Information

Material gifted by Anna Mary Burditt, May 2002, Accession no. E2003.12.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Custodial History

The material belonged to William Fotherby Burditt who lived in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, England. His father was the Rev. Thomas Burditt, a Baptist minister from Tenby in Wales. William Fotherby Burditt emigrated to Canada in 1868, settling in St. John, New Burnswick. he became a businessman, selling farm machinery. There had been two doctors in the family earlier however. William H. Y. Graves and Henry Isaac Fotherby. These men were the uncle and brother of Burditt's mother, Anne Maria Fotherby. It is entirely possible that some of the notes were written by the younger of these two men.


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