Record of Cases taken in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Preparations from the Pharmacopeia of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and Baffin Voyage Journal
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The mansucript also contains a copy of preparations from the pharmacopoeia of the RCPE.
The 'Baffin' voyage journal contains a record of the experiences of a young ship's surgeon on board the last voyage of the 'Baffin' while captained by William Scoresby (1789-1857).
These three separate strand in one manuscript volume might point at the medical career of one individual in the early-1820s - but then again, maybe not.
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Biographical / Historical
Instrumental in the founding of the RIE in 1729 was the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, itself founded some 90 years earlier. In the seventeenth century, Edinburgh physicians had started holding meetings in their own homes to discuss medical practice and standards and their regulation and improvement. Sir Robert Sibbald, an eminent physician and noted historian, was a member of this group. Sibbald had the opportunity of petitioning King Charles II, who granted the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh its Royal Charter in 1681. Thus it is that Sir Robert is generally accepted to be the founder of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
The 'Baffin' was built to the design of William Scoresby (1789-1857). The ship was the first whaler to be built in Liverpool and was launched on 15th February 1820, having a successful first voyage and in 1822, Scoresby mapped the East coast of Greenland.
1 manuscript volume in 3 parts.
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- Record of Cases taken in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, 1820-1821, Preparations from the Pharmacopeia of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and 'Baffin' Voyage Journal
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