Notes from lectures on midwifery and gynaecology in which the lecturer is described simply as 'Simpson'. It is believed that this refers to Sir Alexander Russell Simpson (1835-1916), Professor of Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh. There is also reference at the head of the lecture given on 2 December 1902 to 'Simpson Junior', which may refer to his son James Young Simpson (1873-1934). Each new lecture is individually dated throughout and a great number of printed drawings and diagrams have been inserted to illustrate certain points.
The subjects covered include: obstetrical and gynaecological diagnosis, rational (functional) symptoms, physical signs, ausculation and percussion, inspection, touch, signs and symptoms of pregnancy, minor constitutional changes, amenorrhoea, quickening, physical signs of pregnancy, differential diagnoses of pregnancy, female organs of generation, the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, the vagina, the pudenda, the pelvic floor, menstruation, influence on commencement of menses, the menopause, relation of ovulation and menstruation, lecture on marriage etc. (no notes), changes in the uterus in connection with pregnancy, decidual membrane, membrane of the ovum, chorion, amnion, vesicles of early ovum, umbilical cord, the placenta, situation of the placenta, peculiarities of structure and function in the foetus, foetal circulation, nutrition of infant, rate of growth of foetus, respiration of foetus, movement of foetus in utero, malpresentation, twins, triplets, calculation of date of confinement, spurious pregnancy, pathology of pregnancy, effect of epidemics, rheumatism, syphilis, diseases of generative organs, retroflexion of the gravid uterus, hernia of the gravid uterus, ectopic (extra-uterine) gestation, diseases of the ovum, placenta, and umbilical cord, interrupted gestation, abortion and premature labour, therapeutic abortion, labour, stages of natural labour, mechanisms of labour, obstetric anatomy of the pelvis, the passenger, rotation, extension, management of natural labours, rules for chloroform, laborious labours, lingering labours, faults in expulsive powers, faults in passages, faults in soft parts, faults in hard canals, death of child, hydrocephalus, malposition and malpresentation of the head, face presentation, instrumental cases, rules for forceps [surgical instruments], cephalotomy [craniotomy], operative procedures, caesarean section, symphysiotomy, premature labours, pelvic presentations, breech, transpresentation, complex labours, haemorrhage, displacements of the uterus, chest complications, eclampsia, plural births, still births, fractures, hygiene of infancy, dealing of umbilical cord, pathology of infancy, puerperium, lochia, febrile diseases, puerperal fevers, mental disturbances, parietal inflammation, pelvic peritonitis, ovaritis, salpingitis, metritis [pelvic inflammatory disease], endometritis, vulvitis, cystitis, colpitis [vaginitis], prolapse of ovary, prolapse uterus [uterine prolapse], carcinoma, pessaries, cystic degeneration of ovaries, neoplasms of fallopian tubes, uterine tumours [neoplasms].