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Country Code GB
Repository Code 817
Repository Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society
Reference GB817/AMCS
Title Records of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society
Dates 18th-21st century
Access Status Open
Access Conditions Requests for access to the material should be directed to the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, Medical School, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD; Telephone: 01224 552737; Fax: 01224 550637; Email: medchi.admin@abdn.ac.uk. The material is available to view subject to the signed acceptance of the Society's access conditions.
Description Records of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society including minutes, accounts, letter books, case books and lecture notes. The collection also includes the papers of former members of the Society, in particular those of Sir James McGrigor. This includes thirteen journals kept by McGrigor while chief of the medical staff of the Peninsular Army, a series of case books detailing the condition and progress of patients while surgeon to the 88th Regiment and various other papers including correspondence books, reports and registers.
Level Fonds
Extent c200 volumes, 20 files and 5 plans
Accruals It is not expected that the Society will accrue any significant collection of papers but any new deposits will be updated in the catalogue on a yearly
Appraisal This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
Arrangement The library, including the lecture notes, was re-catalogued by Mabel Allardyce in 1913. A large part of the library was sold in November 1967 [see minutes for period 1966-1968] and the slip catalogues, 'Synopsis of Catalogue' and the catalogue of Sir Alexander Ogston's collection of books provide an important record of the contents of the library built up since 1791.

AMCS/1: Institutional Records (including the minutes and accounts of the Society)
AMCS/2: Case Books and Thesauri
AMCS/3: Lecture Notes
AMCS/4: Deposited Papers (including the Papers of Sir James McGrigor)
Creator Name Aberdeen Medical Society (1789-1812)
Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society (1812- )
Publication Note 'The Heritage of the Med-Chi', edited by A. Adam and J. D. Hutchison (2007).
'Sir James McGrigor. The Scalpel and the Sword: The Autobiography of the Father of Army Medicine', edited by M. McGrigor (Dalkeith, 2000).
'Wellington's Surgeon General: Sir James McGrigor', R. L. Blanco (Durham, N.C., 1974).
'Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society: A Bicentennial History 1789-1989', edited by G. P. Milne (Aberdeen, 1989).
Language English
Related Material The papers of a number of past members and former presidents of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society are held by the Special Libraries and Archives department at the University of Aberdeen. These include:
MS 3179: Mary Esslemont papers (elected to Society in 1929; President 1957-58).
MS 3270: Robert Douglas Lockhart papers (President 1951).
MS 2853: Matthew Hay: medico-legal papers (1890-1905).

Papers relating to Sir James McGrigor:
MS 2581: Letter from Sir James McGrigor to James MacCartney in Dublin, 1842.
MS 3693: Autograph letter from Sir James McGrigor to John Gunning [deputy inspector of hospitals], 1813.

MS 2630: Minutes of the Aberdeen Medical Club, October 1868-February 1875 (contains details of presentations and debates heard at monthly meetings, including information about particular cases and medical developments taking place in Aberdeen and elsewhere during this period).
MS 1163: Records of the Garioch and Northern Medical Association and Buchan Medical Society, 1854-1935.

MS 3719: Menus for Founders Commemoration Dinner, 1955-1990.
Associated Persons
DS/UK/25438Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society
 

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