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Hurry, Jamieson Boyd (1857-1930)

  • Hurry, Jamieson Boyd, 1857-1930, general practitioner and author
MSS.2968-2988 & 6821-6823
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


MSS.2968-2988 are chiefly related to Hurry's publications; the best-represented subject in this block of material is "vicious circles" in disease and in general society. In addition, there are papers relating to Hurry's work on Imhotep (vizier and physician to the Pharoah Zoser) and to the woad plant. MSS.6821-6823 comprise correspondence: on the Japanese edition of Vicious Circles in Disease (MS.6821), on the woad plant (MS.6822) and general correspondence (MS.6823).



Physical description

24 items (volumes, files or bundles of papers) holograph and typescript manuscripts, plus some annotated printed material; held as volumes or bundles of papers.


MSS.2968-2988 chiefly comprise drafts related to Hurry's publications. Of these, MSS.2968-2986 are held in chronological order of composition. At the end of this chronological sequence come two papers compiled in collaboration with other writers, Allison Weir Cameron (d.1960) (MS.2987) and Emmie Dorothy Fenwick (MS.2988). MSS.6821-6823, comprising correspondence, are arranged with specific topics first, in order of composition: on the Japanese edition of Vicious Circles in Disease (MS.6821) and on the woad plant (MS.6822); followed by general correspondence (MS.6823).

Acquisition note

Presented by Mrs. Banks, 1938

Biographical note

Jamieson Boyd Hurry was born in 1857 and took his M.D. at Cambridge in 1885. For over 40 years he practised medicine in Reading. His main medical interest was in "vicous circles", in individual and social pathology; he also published several works on the history of Reading and of its abbey. He died in 1930 and his final work, on the woad plant, was published shortly after his death.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973) and subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore and Richard Palmer.


  • English

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