Gamgee's Physiology Lectures Vol. 2

Scope and Content

The volume bears the bookplate of Dr E. Bosdin Leech and the stamp of The Victoria University of Manchester is evident throughout. There are 134 unnumbered folios in total with the lecture notes covering ff.1-111 and the rest of the volume, ff.112-134, being blank. The writing is largely on the recto only with very occasional notes on the verso and this is volume 2 of 2, but volume 1 is missing.

The title page reads ' Notes on Physiology Vol.ii from the lectures of Dr Arthur Gamgee F.R.C.P. Edin. Lecturer on Physiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Taken and written by Alex[ande]r Watson Milne. Winter session 1870-1871'. Each new lecture is clearly dated and they begin on 6th February 1871 and finish on 24th March 1871.

The lectures themselves are not numbered, they have been numbered here in the order they appear in the manuscript for descriptive purposes only. The topics covered are (1) the circulatory system, (2) the circulatory system & the lymphatic system, (3-4) lymphatic system continued, (5-7) respiration, (8) innervation of the lungs & the skin, (9) skin continued, (10-12) renal system, (13-18) nervous system, (19) respiratory movements, (20-22) parts of the brain, (23-26) cerebral nerves, (27) sympathetic system, (28-31) organs of the senses.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Watson Milne was born in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire on 14 July 1849. He studied medicine in Edinburgh and was admitted a licentiate of both the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1872. He received a medical appointment in India but died after only a few months from a fever on 13 January 1874.