Glasgow Faculty of Medicine

Scope and Content

Minute book 1824-1907, including a list of members and the rules and regulations.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1825 as a consequence of the combination of high fees charged by the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons for the required Licence for practice in Glasgow and surrounding area and the large levy required to join the Widows’ Fund. The Faculty established its own more affordable Widows’ Fund and issued its own diplomas of Fellowship. A free vaccination dispensary was instituted in 1828 and continued for sixty years. Meetings were held on the first Friday of every month and initially no provision was made for the reading of papers. The idea of the founders was essentially the creation of a medical library in association with a widows’ fund. Within a few years of inception, the Faculty began to assume the functions of an ordinary medical society, including the reading of papers. Reports of papers read appeared in the Glasgow Medical Examiner during the course of 1831-1832. Towards the end of its history the Faculty restricted its activities to that of a medical reading club. The Faculty was wound up in 1904.

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