Within the collection of Guthrie Papers, Gen. 1727 contains notes of lectures on clinical surgery in Edinburgh University taken down by Douglas Guthrie, 1903-1904. The material at Gen. 1991, in folders and envelopes, contains newspaper cuttings and offprints of articles relating to Dr. John Leyden; notes, typescripts and articles on antiseptics and Joseph Lister; typescripts of lectures; photographs; correspondence with academics; catalogues of libraries holding early medical books; and, articles, typescripts, notebooks on a range of topics.
Additionally, there is a scrapbook of letters relating to the publication of - and reviews of - A history of medicine published by Nelson in 1945. The scrapbook maintained by Guthrie contains over sixty letters and over twenty-five reviews received or collected by him over 1945 and 1946. The scrapbook and its contents is supported by an essay which describes Guthrie's collection of letters and reviews and which is entitled The value of reviews by David Wright, 2006.