The collection consists of manuscript (and one printed) notebook volumes on: lectures on the institutes of medicine, Dc.3.79-80; lectures on the theory of physic and therapeutic, 1777-1778, Gen. 553D, pp.183-372; clinical cases of Dr. Gregory in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 1785-1786, Gen. 2119D; clinical lectures, 1789-90, and clinical cases, Dc.3.78; clinical reports, 1 November 1795 to 1 February 1796; lectures on the institutes of medicine, 1785-1786, Dc.10.11; lectures on the practice of physic with additional notes, 1797-1798, Dc.2.97; lectures on the practice of physic, 1798-1799, Dc.5.23 and Dc.7.119; lectures on the practice of physic, 1812-1813, Gen.691-693D; lectures on the practice of physic, 1793-1794, E92.91; and lectures on the practice of medicine, 1799-1804, Dc.3.86 and Dc.8.147-149. There is probably unpublished reply to an essay, Gen. 788D.
Lectures and Cases of Professor James Gregory (1753-1821)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-250
- Dates of Creation1777-1813
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description23 volumes.
- LocationGen. 2119D; Gen. 788D; Gen. 691-693D; Gen. 552-553D; Dc.2.97; Dc.3.78-81; Dc.3.86; Dc.5.23; Dc.7.119; Dc.8.147-149; Dc.10.11/1-3; Dc.10.45; E92.91
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Administrative / Biographical History
James Gregory was born in Aberdeen in January 1753. He was the son of John Gregory (1724-1773), Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University, who was at that time practicing medicine in Aberdeen. James Gregory was educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and also at Christ Church, Oxford. On the death of his father in 1773, Gregory took over his father's lectures at Edinburgh University with some success, and took his own M.D. in 1774. After spending a couple of years studying medicine in continental Europe, Gregory was appointed Professor of the Institutes of Medicine in 1776 and the following year he began giving clinical lectures at the Royal Infirmary. His two volume Conspectus medicinae theoreticae: ad usum academicum (1782) established his position in medicine and in 1790 he became Professor of the Practice of Medicine at Edinburgh University, succeeding William Cullen (1710-1790) who had held the Chair since the death of Gregory's father. Professor James Gregory died on 2 April 1821.
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Lecture notes presented by Dr. D. Guthrie, December 1961, Accession nos. E.61.39 and E61.40. Lectures on the practice of physic received from University of Keele, 1963, Accession no. E63.8. Clinical cases taken down by Nathan Thomas received November 1980, Accession no. E80.240. Lectures received from P.J. Pirages, Oregon, December 1992, Accession no. E92.91.
The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) Leslie, Stephen. and Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.8. Glover-Harriott. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.
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.