notes taken down by John Herd Bruce on the lectures of Thomas Richard Fraser, 1882-1893

Scope and Content

notes on the lectures on materia medica by Sir Thomas Richard Fraser given at the University of Edinburgh and taken down by John Herd Bruce.

p.11 just has the title 'Lecture XIX Friday Dec 17th'.

pp.85-556 notes on ninety four lectures delivered between 14 November 1882 and 22 March 1883.

pp.597-777 notes, in pencil, [on lectures ?] on chemical compounds and heavy metals, with observation on pharmacological applications, dated between 2 December 1884 and 3 February 1885. [The notes are on the odd numbered pages, with the facing page employed where appropriate for additional comment].

pp.817-847 notes on anatomy and related surgical procedures, November 1892 - February 1893.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Herd Bruce (b.1859) was the son of George Brown Bruce, cabinet maker in St Andrews, and Sophie Herd. He attended Madras College and then the United College of St Andrews University in 1878-1879. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University the following year; however his name does not appear in the Medical Register.

Sir Thomas Richard Fraser (1841-1920) was a brilliant student at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1862 with a gold medal, and staying on to work as research assistant to Robert Christison, professor of material medica, until 1870. He was also assistant physician to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from 1869-1874. His reputation as a leading light in the field of pharmacology was made by his researches into the properties of poisons and brought him honours at a young age, being elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1867, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, in 1869. He was appointed as professor of material medica and clinical medicine at Edinburgh University in 1877. He served on numerous commissions and committees and was knighted in 1902.

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Acquisition Information

Presented to the Library by Miss J B Bruce, 30 June 1943.


Call number used to be ms357

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Binding: purple boards.
Paper: 13.3x22cm

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