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Isaac S. Thompson notes on the lectures of Colin McKenzie

Identifier: MSS 408

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This is a volume of manuscript lecture notes entitled "Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery by Colin McKenzie, M.D." The notes appear to have been taken by Isaac S. Thompson. There are 22 lectures; topics include "Of the Structure of the Pelvis," "Of Conception and Touching," "On Abortion," "Premature Births," and "Preternatural Labor." The volume also includes several recipes for prescriptions.

An inscription on the inside of the front cover dates the volume to 1784; however, McKenzie died in 1775. Thompson either copied earlier notes from McKenzie's lectures in 1784, or did not date (or cover?) the notebook until 1784.


  • 1784; undated


Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Colin Mackenzie was a pupil of the obstetrician William Smellie and later taught midwifery in London from 1755 to 1772.


1 volume

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Isaac S. Thompson notes on the lectures of Colin McKenzie
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2012; March 2019
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This collection-level EAD record is a product of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) Consortial Survey Initiative, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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