Windsor's Student Notebook

Scope and Content

The manuscript contains notes and extracts reflecting Windsor's work and activities as a student in both London and Edinburgh and extends to 134 folios in total, with original pagination up to p.187 and the rest of the manuscript being unnumbered. There is also a subject index in the rear.

The manuscript begins with accounts of activities undertaken as a student, predominantly practicing midwifery cases on the machine under James Hamilton (1767-1839) and John Haighton (1755-1823) in Edinburgh and London respectively. There are additional observations and comments made by his teachers, mainly in London, including Sir Astley Cooper (1768-1841) and his colleagues.

pp.11-60 contain extensive notes on diseases of the eye that appear to be taken predominantly from the work of Antonio Scarpa (1752-1832) as well as referencing the works of James Ware (1756-1815), James Wardrop (1782-1869), and William Cheselden (1688-1752) in addition to smaller publications and articles.

Comments on ophthalmology, focusing mainly on operations for the cataract, continue on the evenly numbered pages between pp.61-88, whereas the odd numbered pages contain more general notes on anatomy and disease apparently taken from the works of John Abernethy (1764-1831), which continue on pp.89-96.

We then find extracts and observations from Wardrop's Morbid Anatomy of the Eye (pp.97-105), the work of William Lawrence (1783-1867) on hernias (pp.105-117), the work of Thomas Whately (c.1751-1821) on ulcers (pp.117-122), Hamilton's writings on the administration and efficacy of purgative medicines (pp.123-130), extracts from the Edinburgh Medical & Surgical Journal on a variety of topics (pp.131-181), and cases of the heart reported by Andrew Duncan (1773-1832) (pp.181-187).

The rest of the manuscript contains comments by John Hunter (1728-1793) on venereal disease (ff.95-107), Andrew Mathias on the mercurial disease (ff.107-112), extracts from the Edinburgh Medical £ Surgical Journal (ff.112-116), Lawrence's introductory lectures from 1816 on zoology and the natural history of man (ff.117-122), observations on cataract by William Adams (1783-1827) (ff.122-125), and Dr Burder on syphiloid diseases (ff.125-129).