Collection MS 16 - Pathology Drawings

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MS 16


Pathology Drawings


  • 1848 - 1998 (Creation)

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6 linear metres

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Biographical history

Neil Stewart (1814-1875) was primarily a Botanist and was a member of many learned societies, including the Botanical Society of Edinburgh and excelled as a botanical draughtsman in the illustration of natural history subjects. He executed a large number of botanical drawings for the Botanical classes in the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and for a number of years was the elected artist to the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, of which he became an Associate in 1850.

William Tennant Gairdner (1824-1907) studied medicine at Edinburgh in the 1840's, gaining good reports and coming to work in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Gairdner applied for the post of pathologist to the ERI in 1848. This meant he became responsible for the "Edinburgh Pathology Register", a series of large leather bound volumes that recorded the findings from every post-mortem examination. Throughout his career he progressed rapidly, from Clerk to Infirmary Pathologist and finally, to Physician. His last appointment was to the Chair of Medicine at Glasgow University, and it was while in this position that he received his Knighthood.

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This collection consists of various pathological materials, including watercolour drawings, engravings and photographs. The majority of the pathological watercolours, dated between 1848 and 1855 are by Neil Stewart and feature comments by Sir William Tennant Gairdner, the eminent pathologist and physician. Other names featured include Henry Scott Lauder, James F. Goodhart, W. Hurst, John Richard Farre, J. Smith, Dr. Greenfield, Dr. Goodheart, Prof. Alfred Kast, Dr. Theodor Rumpel, Mr J. Campbell Mclure, M. Arnold Ruffner, William McArtney, T.O. Affleck, A. McPhail, Henry Scott Lauder, Robert Lee, Jonathon Hutchinson and Professor McDonald


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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NB a database listing the collection is also available

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MS 16

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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