Lectures of Professor William Smith Greenfield (1846-1919)

Scope and Content

The collection contains: notes of Greenfield's lectures on pathology taken down 1882-1883; lectures from 1888-1889; lectures 1889-1890 with syllabus of a course on general pathology and pathological anatomy; and, class lists 1881-1882 and 1911-1912 (Da. Class lists).

Administrative / Biographical History

William Smith Greenfield was born in Salisbury on 9 January 1846. He studied at University College, London. Greenfield was a Medical Registrar to St. Thomas 's Hospital, London, 1872-1874, and Demonstrator in Morbid Anatomy and Pathology at St. Thomas's. In 1878 he was Professor of Pathology at the Brown Institute, London University. From 1881 until 1912, he was Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Clinical Medicine at Edinburgh University. Professor William Smith Greenfield died at Juniper Green, Edinburgh, on 12 August 1919.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Class lists transferred from Pathology Department, August 1961, Accession no. E61.13. Easterbrook notes purchased, June 1972, Accession no. E72.26.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.


Edinburgh University Library holds : An address to graduates in medicine by Greenfield, published Edinburgh, 1895, and with shelfmark S.B. 6304/2/13 in the Special Collections Division, also on Standard Loan at P .6101 Gre; and, Pathology past and present: an introductory lecture, delivered October 26th, 1881.