Extract Book 7

Scope and Content

Inserted into the front is a booklet of 11 larger folios that has been folded in half to fit in the cover. This contains a list of 600 different plants grouped under the first 18 classes of the Linnaean classification of plants. Similarly, there are a further 18 larger folios folded in half that contain shorthand notes on chemical attraction. The Byrom system of shorthand is used and they are laid out in two columns similar to many of his lecture notes, but references to chapters throughout suggests these are taken from a published source. There is also a printed notice entitled directions for preventing the production and communication of the low infectious fever'.

The first section of notes centre on cryptogamous plants, more specifically lichens but the majority of the rest of the notes focus on teratology, referred to here as monsters [abnormalities, severe teratoid], and in particular those associated with the organs of circulation. There are notes on cases reported by Jacques Winslow, Pierre-Louis Roederer, and Alexander Monro primus accompanied by more general notes on the organs of circulation in man and other animals and metal circulation. Hull also gives an account of difficult labour he attended in Salford in 1805 along with Mr Boutflower (believed to be John Johnson Boutflower (1768/9-1854)) in which 'a human monster of very simple structure' was delivered. He describes the child as lacking a head, neck, thorax, and superior extremities and accompanies his notes with two colour drawings and one pencil sketch.

In addition there are notes on experiments made on the urine of a healthy child in comparison to several children with rickets and notes from Matthew Baillie's work 'An Account of a singular Disease in the Great Intestines' published in the second volume of Transactions of Society for the Improvement of Medical and Chirurgical Knowledge.