Gregory, James, 1753-1821 (professor of medicine, University of Edinburgh)
- Existence: 1753-1821
James Gregory was born in Aberdeen in January 1753. He was the son of John Gregory (1724-1773), Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University, who was at that time practicing medicine in Aberdeen. James Gregory was educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and also at Christ Church, Oxford. On the death of his father in 1773, Gregory took over his father's lectures at Edinburgh University with some success, and took his own M.D. in 1774. After spending a couple of years studying medicine in continental Europe, Gregory was appointed Professor of the Institutes of Medicine in 1776 and the following year he began giving clinical lectures at the Royal Infirmary. His two volume Conspectus medicinae theoreticae: ad usum academicum (1782) established his position in medicine and in 1790 he became Professor of the Practice of Medicine at Edinburgh University, succeeding William Cullen (1710-1790) who had held the Chair since the death of Gregory's father. Professor James Gregory died on 2 April 1821.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents An index at the beginning of this substantial volume of clinical case notes lists 28 women and 31 men with their symptoms and treatment recorded in manuscript notes over more than 600 pages. The manuscript offers much information on the methods of these two leading 18th century Scottish physicians.
Scope and Contents Three bound volumes of notes of lectures 'on the practice of physic', given by James Gregory (1753-1821), Professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. The volumes have a bookplate with the letters 'RB'.
Unpublished essay entitled 'Answer to Messrs Crombie, Priestley, and Co.', by James Gregory, Professor of Medicine
Scope and Contents Essay by James Gregory, Professor of Medicine, entitled 'Answer to Messrs Crombie, Priestley, and Co.', which is a reply to Alexander Crombie's Essay on philosophical necessity (London: 1793). Printed, but not apparently published. 512 pages, incomplete.
Dates: c 1793