The material is composed of: a record book of students, scholars, prentices, 1720-1749; students notes of lectures on History of the rise and progress of anatomy and Physiology; a copy of The history of anatomy, being a typed transcript; The history of anatomy ... being the publick lectures of Mr. A. M.; treatises by Monro, being A treatise of bandages, A discourse upon the rickets, and Comparative anatomy; lectures, 1738; lectures, 1743; students notes of lectures on the history of anatomy; a short history of anatomy taken from Monro's lectures, 1750; notes of lectures on anatomy, circa 1752-1755; lectures probably by Monro Primus but in the hand of Monro Secundus, entitled Operations of surgery, 1753; students notebook of case histories, Dr. A. Monro's clinical cases of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the January of 1766, 1765-1766; A description of the rickets; microfilm copy of The history of anatomy; microfilm copy of clinical lectures of Monro, 1762; and microfilm copy of lectures on physiology, the history of anatomy, and the theory of anatomy, 1746-1750.
Lectures of Professor Alexander Monro (1697-1767)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-440
- Dates of Creation1720-1766
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description11 volumes, 1 part volume
- LocationDc.5.95; Dc.5.129, ff.1-6; Dk.5.1; Dk.5.7; Gen. 73; Gen. 288D; Gen. 577-578D; Gen. 1986; MSS 2669-2670; MS 2710; E94.52; Mic.M.506; Mic.M.1134; Mic.M.1139
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Administrative / Biographical History
Alexander Monro, the son of John Monro, a surgeon, was born on 8 September 1697 in London. He was educated at Edinburgh University after a family move to the city, and he obtained his M.D. there before going to London to attend lectures on experimental philosophy and dissection. On his return to Edinburgh he established a reputation for himself in the field of anatomy. A visit to Paris followed before a study period at Leyden in the Netherlands in 1718 under Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738). In 1719, Monro was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Surgery to the Surgeon's Company, and then in 1720 he became the first Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University. His course of lectures included the history of anatomy, the treating of osteology, the treating of the soft parts, the relation of the anatomy of animals to that of man, surgical operations, and general physiology. In 1745 he tended to the wounded on the battlefield after the Battle of Prestonpans. His published works include Osteology, a treatise on the anatomy of the human bones (1726), and An account of the inoculation of smallpox in Scotland. In July 1755 Monro's son Alexander joined him as Joint Professor and in 1764 he resigned his Professorship although continued to give clinical lectures. Professor Alexander Monro, primus, died of a pelvic cancer on 10 July 1767.
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Clinical cases of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, acquired May 1961, Accession no. E61.15. History of anatomy, transferred from the Anatomy Library, Edinburgh University, June 1962, Accession no. E62.28. History of anatomy, transferred from the Anatomy Library, Edinburgh University, June 1962, Accession no. E62.29. History of anatomy, acquired October 1975, Accession no. E75.47. Short history of anatomy, acquired July 1980, Accession no. E80.54. Accession no. E93.123; Accession no.E94.52.
Note that item E94.52 was not found at the time of writing this description. Note also that when this record was created any associated photographic/illustrative was unseen.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.13. Masquerier-Myles. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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