Papers of Robert Shand Turner M.D. (1845-1931)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of several pamphlets that belonged to Dr. R. S. Turner, including a report on cholera in Penang, 1901, and manuscript lectures entitled The germ theory, On diphtheria, and Illustrations of the power of the mind over the body. There is also a reprint of Sanitary conditions of our villages and rural districts, a reprint from the Banffshire journal 1875. There is also a communication on transient albuminuria suggested by a memorandum of professor Sir Thomas Richard Fraser, Edinburgh University, 1888 watermark, at Dc.4.101-103 Turner.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Shand Turner was born in 1845. He received his preliminary education in Keith, Banffshire, and then studied at Aberdeen University graduating in 1864. He completed his medical training in Edinburgh. He took over his father's practice in Keith in the 1870s. The medical practice was disposed of in 1921, and then he went to live in Edinburgh. Dr. Robert Shand Turner died in 1931.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Pamphlets and lectures, received from Dr. A. F. Turner, Dumfries, April 1971, Accession no. E71.10. Letter on transient albuminuria, received from Dr. A. F. Turner, Accession no. E67.22.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

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.