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Thomas, Robert (1753-1835), medical writer

  • Thomas, Robert, 1753-1835., medical writer
c. 1827
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About this work


[The modern practice of physic, 6th edn (London, 1819), by Robert Thomas]. An incomplete copy, containing pp. 333-656 of the original 922 pages, interleaved and annotated in an unidentified, contemporary hand with extensive notes from other, mainly printed sources.

This is the second of a three-part set of interleaved volumes (the other volumes presumably now lost), carefully annotated by a medical student or practitioner. The 7th edition of the work was published as early as 1821, but it is clear from internal evidence that the notes were largely made towards the end of the 1820s.

The author of the notes does not identify himself, but the inside front cover bears a bookplate of 'Brown of Waterhaughs'. Another volume in the Wellcome Library (James Thomson, Historical sketch of ...smallpox, 1822, EPB 51248/B/1), bearing an identical bookplate, is inscribed: 'For /Dr Brown/from the Author'. This was no doubt Thomas Brown MD (1774-1853), of Langside, Waterhaughs and Lanfine, physician to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.


c. 1827

Physical description

370 ff. pagination of additional leaves at the end of the volume 1-85. 1 volume, 205 x 130 mm. Full calf binding, with marbled end papers; rebacked, with gilt lettering: `Medical Notes'.

Acquisition note

Purchased from R F G Hollett & Son, Sedbergh, 2000.

Ownership note

Armorial bookplate, captioned Brown of Waterhaughs, engraved by Lizars.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts


  • English

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