Medical Commonplace Book of George Brock (fl. 1820-1829)

Scope and Content

The volume has the armorial book-plate of George Brock M.D. (Georgius Brock M.D.). The text in the volume begins with a quotation from Cullen, so the author of the manuscript was doubtless a follower or student of Cullen whose name is invoked several times subsequently. To begin with the text is concerned with materia medica and the nutritional qualities of foodstuffs. later the text is more various, with topics including physiology and also asphyxiation. A dispute within the Royal College of Physicians is discussed. There are also notes on natural history and geology. At the end of the volume are a few pages of 'original poetry' dated 1821 and in various hands identified by initials.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Brock was Junior President of the Hunterian Medical Society of Edinburgh. Brock was also a member of the Royal Medical Society and Royal Physical Society.

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Acquisition Information

Item purchased summer 2007. Accession no: E2007.31


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the description offered by seller.

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

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