The volume has the original pagination pp.1-434 and the volume is split into three sections with the surgical lectures of John Abernethy (1764-1831) covering pp.1-156 & his anatomical lectures covering pp. 201-240, the lectures of Daniel Rutherford (1749-1819) covering pp.241-336, and the lectures of James Home (1760-1844) on pp.337-433 which continue on pp.158-200.
Abernethy's lectures are largely defined and numbered throughout but very rarely dated and an index to all of his lectures in this volume can be found in the rear. The first six pages are dedicated to additional notes on Abernethy's lecture on inflammation found on p.82, the notes then begin from the 2nd lecture and are as follows: (2) of general constitutional affection produced by local disease, (3) nervous complaints, (4) effects on stomach and bowels, (5) great influence of disordered digestive organs on local disease, (6) on the resolution of inflammation, (7) chronic inflammation & abscess, (8) lumbar abscess, (9) of mortification & erysipelas, (10-13) these lectures appear to be missing but there is a note to see his printed work for lectures on tumours [neoplasms], (14) absorption, (15) ulceration, (16-17) local injuries mechanical or clinical, (18) chemical injuries, (19) on poisons, (20) pseudo-syphilis, (21) pseudo-syphilis cont. and gonorrhoea, (22) consequences of the clap, (23) inefficacy of bongies and on caustic strictures. Numbering of lectures appears to finish here but notes continue on the subjects of urine retention, poison of rabid animals, diseases of the skin, and diseases of the eye.
The second set of Abernethy's lectures appear to be incomplete but are as follows: (2) animal matter, (3) of blood vessels, (4) circulation and absorbents, (5) of the pulse, (6) of bones, (7) diseases of bones, (18) structure of joints, (21) on the ear, (22) of the skin, (unnumbered) wry neck [torticollis], uvula, and morbid anatomy of the brain.
Rutherford's clinical lectures are numbered 1-23 and often dated. These would have been more practical lectures given on dedicated wards in the Edinburgh Infirmary and the notes describe individual named cases. These examples of common diseases and accidents would have been used to teach and demonstrate to students the causes, symptoms, and common treatments as opposed to traditional classroom lecturing. Home's clinical lectures are structured in the same way as Rutherford's, numbered 1-21, and usually dated. The date of the first lecture shows that he carries on straight from Rutherford's last lecture and we know it to have been common practice at the time in Edinburgh for lecturers to split the teaching session of clinical lectures in half.
The volume bears the bookplate of the Manchester Medical Society which indicates that it was donated to them by Thomas Windsor on 11 February 1878 where it was subsequently allocated the reference GO 4067 viz. their 1890 library catalogue. A note on the flyleaf made by the author reads 'John Windsor, Settle, Yorkshire, Tuesday Oct 20th 1812'.