Pole's Obstetric Lectures Vol. 2 & Ransome's Lectures

Scope and Content

The rest of Pole's lectures continuing on form Vol. 1 can be found on ff.2-19. Folios 20-103 are blank and an outline of lectures given by Ransome can be found upside down on the verso of folios 104-179. The title page at the beginning of Pole's lectures is in pencil as if the volume was never finished off and the label of the stationer and bookseller W.H. Brown of 37 Leadenhall Street, London is in the rear.

Pole's lectures are numbered and are as follows: (28) symptoms of labour continued, (29) 1st & 2nd stages of labour, (30) 3rd and final stage of labour, (31) lingering labours, (32) laborious labours.

The outline of Ransome's lectures, which can be read in the rear of the volume when it is turned upside down, begin with the statement 'J A Ransome intends giving a course of anatomical lectures divested as much as possible of technical terms'. He also distinguishes his lectures from the 'extensive and truly scientific' course given by Benjamin Gibson in Manchester and says he intends to avoid any actual dissection which many persons consider disgusting. His introductory lecture references 'the female part of the audience' and his attempts to avoid anything considered offensive to delicacy'.

Ransome's lectures begin with a description of the form and function of the human body making digressions to that of animals and goes on to address the bones in general, the skull, the spine, the ribs, the scapula, os humeri, the radius, wrist, metacarpus, thigh bones, tibia, fibula, patella, tarsus, astragalus, calcis, metatarsals, the muscles in general, of the tendons, of joints & ligaments, the jaw, ribs, clavicle, shoulder joint, elbow, wrist, hip joint, knee joint, ankle joint & foot, tela cellulosa or membrane cellulosa, of the blood, contents of the thorax, of the heart, of the lungs, the abdomen, oesophagus, the stomach.

At the end of Ransome's notes there are three pages of unfinished pencil notes entitled 'surgical cases with observations upon the eye & lithotomy interspread with occasional reflections & remarks by J A Ransome'.