Formerly part of the Radford Library, Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester, where it was allocated the reference Q 125 in their 1877 catalogue. It has since been allocated the reference O6 T10 as part of an alternative system. The label of E. Cox & Son, booksellers, St Thomas's Street, Borough can be found in the inside cover. Travers' lectures constitute ff.1-66r and bear the original pagination pp.1-118, and Young's lectures constitute ff.66v-186 with no pagination.
A note added to the front of the volume in Thomas Radford's hand explains that these notes were taken from the only course of lectures ever given by Benjamin Travers at St Thomas's Hospital and that whilst the language spoken was most elegant and the matter most practical it was painful for the audience to watch the great nervous excitement and agitation of Travers. He also notes that the rest of the notes in the manuscript from Thomas Young's Lectures on midwifery given at Edinburgh.
Each of Travers' lectures are individually numbered and the topics covered are as follows: (1) on inflammation, (2) strumous inflammation, (3) treatment of suppurative inflammation of the conjunctiva, (4) pterygium, (5) treatment of ulcer of the cornea, (6) on inflammation of the choroid coat and iris, (7) pages left blank, (8) inflammation of the retina, (9) sympathetic amaurosis [blindness], (10) carcinoma.
Young's lectures begin on 5 November 1770 and are described as the third course. It is clear where each new lecture begins and whilst they are not always numbered the date is usually given. An index at the beginning of the notes lists the contents as such: general observations, progress, authors, female pelvis, dimensions of child's head, difference of the pelves of each sex, deformed female pelvis, female parts of generation, external parts, internal organs, diseases of the external parts, lithotomy in women & sounding, signs of still born, congenital hernia of the foetus, difference between impregnated and unimpregnated uterus, touch, time of pregnancy gone, connection between mother and foetus, connection of placenta with uterus, use of placenta, menstrual flux, chlorosis [hypochromic anaemia], immoderate catamenia, symptoms of pregnancy, diseases of pregnancy, vomiting, headache, suppression of urine, oedematous legs, palsies, floodings, causes of abortion, effects of imagination, twins, practical midwifery, symptoms of labours, true & false pains, treatment of natural labour, extraction of the placenta, principal presentations of the child, forceps [surgical instruments], crotchet, preternatural labours [breech presentation], caesarean, children presenting double, accidental circumstances, moles, different systems of generation, and symptoms of a dead child in utero and in time of labour.