The volume bears the bookplate of the Manchester Medical Society which indicates that is was donated to them by Clay in 1861 and subsequently allocated the reference GO 2064 viz. their 1890 library catalogue. An inscription on the flyleaf reads 'Dr Clay from JYS Edinburgh April 1845. Copy of Professor Young's lectures in midwifery'. JYS likely refers to James Young Simpson (1811-1870) who was Professor in Midwifery at Edinburgh at this time. Writing is on the recto only and an index is provided in the rear.
There is no attempt to number or date individual lectures but clear subject headings can be seen throughout. The contents of the lectures according to the index are: introduction, history, the pelvis, the parts of generation, disorders of the parts of generation, of generation, the progress of the foetus, difference between the foetus and adults, of the nourishment of the foetus.
Although the index is brief and incomplete the volume continues with the following subjects: of the uterus in pregnancy, of the touch, connection betwixt mother and foetus, menses, chlorosis [hypochromic anaemia], profluvium mensium [menorrhagia], hysteria, symptoms of pregnancy, disorders attending pregnancy, haemorrhoids, oedematous swellings, cramps, convulsions, palsy [paralysis], cough, and vomiting.