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Lectures on physiology : delivered in the St. Lawrence School of Medicine at Montreal

Author: G Duncan Gibb, Sir; E. Riley & Son,
Publisher: Montreal : Sir George Duncan Gibb, 1851-1852.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Genre/Form: Lectures
Manuscripts, Medical
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: G Duncan Gibb, Sir; E. Riley & Son,
OCLC Number: 999606223
Notes: Holograph.
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Consists of two volumes containing 46 lectures on physiology delivered by Sir George Duncan Gibb at the St. Lawrence School of Medicine of Montreal during its first and only session in 1851-1852. The lectures were written between May 24, 1851 and February 17, 1852 and delivered between November 4, 1851 and April 30, 1852.
George Duncan Gibb was born in Montreal in 1821 and graduated in medicine from McGill University in 1846. Gibb, a very industrious individual, was the "cabinet keeper" and scientific curator of the National History Society of Montreal, one of the several positions he held, when he founded the St. Lawrence School of Medicine of Montreal in 1850. He, along with Francis C.T. Arnoldi, Robert Lea MacDonnell, Horace Nelson, Aaron H. David, and George E. Fenwick, incorporated the School on August 30th, 1851. Among the lecturers at the school were also Robert Palmer Howard and Henry Howard. Gibb was professor of comparative anatomy, giving lectures on physiology and pathology. The School was located on Guy and Dorchester streets and was associated with St. Patrick's Hospital located nearby, which had been established by the nuns of l'Hôtel-Dieu. The school apparently held only one session, 1851-52. It was short lived due to political reasons and due to some lecturers lured to take up posts at its rival school, the Medical Faculty of McGill College. In 1860, the hospital was absorbed by l'Hôtel-Dieu, as the St. Patrick Ward. In 1853 Gibb immigrated and settled in London, England and went on to become one of London's foremost laryngologists.
Lectures written in neat, elegant hand with black felt pen on recto leaf. Some additional notations were added in pencil or red ink. Several headings or key words have been underlined in either black or red ink. Occasionally the scribe has included neat tiny illustrations. Additional notes or references are also found on several verso leaves.
Volume 1 includes 25 lectures, while volume 2, 21 lectures. Each volume consists of approximately 375 leaves. Each lecture includes a separate unnumbered title-page, containing the heading (underlined in red ink), the date the lecture was written, and the scribe's signature. The scribe has assigned separate pagination in manuscript for each lecture, with the exception of some lectures on the same topic, where pagination is sequential. Occasionally, perhaps by negligence, the scribe has left unnumbered blank leaves between lectures or even between the notes in a single lecture. Following the title page, each volume includes a listing of the order in which the lectures were delivered (contents). Volume 1 also includes a "Memoranda" page, which provides a brief explanation concerning the dates for the lectures. In addition, following the "Memoranda" page, volume 1 includes 5 pages with the complete listing of the lectures, including the dates when both the lectures and examinations were delivered for the Session 1851-1852. In volume 1, lesson 21, page 7 is out of sequence (follows page 9). Also in volume 1, lessons 13 & 14 share one title-page. Titles for lessons, Nos. 26, 32, 34, 35, 44, 45 differ on content page from title-page.
Note in manuscript pen on front flyleaf of each volume initialed by scribe, indicates that the volumes were received back from the binder on Sept. 6th, 1865.
Tipped in, on verso of page 6 of lecture 18 (Respiration, no.1), a leaf with additional notes.
Library holds Sir George Duncan Gibb Fonds, P036.
Description: 2 volumes (various pagings) : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Volume 1. No. 1. Proximate organic principles --
No. 2. Cellular membrane --
No. 3. Adipose membrane --
No. 4. Serous membranes --
No. 5. Mucous membranes --
No. 6. Skin, etc, hair, nails --
No. 7. Cartilage and fibro-cartilage --
No. 8. Bones --
No. 9. The muscles, no. 1 --
No. 10. The muscles, no. 2 --
No. 11. The arteries, veins and capillaries --
No. 12. Blood --
No. 13. Circulation, no. 1 --
No. 14. Circulation, no. 2 --
No. 15. Lymph and the symphaties --
No. 16. Absorption --
No. 17. Secretion --
No. 18. Respiration, no. 1 --
No. 19. Respiration, no. 2 --
No. 20. Animal heat --
No. 21. Motion: pus and milk --
No. 22. Digestion, no. 1 --
No. 23. Digestion, no. 2 --
No. 24. Digestion, no. 3 --
No. 25. Digestion, no. 4, Liver and bile --
Volume 2. No. 26. Digestion, No. 5, Vascular glands --
No. 27. Kidneys and their secretion --
No. 28. Elementary structures of nervous system --
No. 29. Functions of nerve fibres and nervous centres --
No. 30. Spinal cord and its nerves --
No. 31. Medulla oblongata & pons Varolii --
No. 32. Structure of cerebrellum and cerebrum --
No. 33. Functions of the cerebrum --
No. 34. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th nerves --
No. 35. Spinal and sympathetic --
No. 36. Voice and speech --
No. 37. Smell and taste --
No. 38. Anatomy of the eye --
No. 39. Physiology of the eye --
No. 40. Anatomy of the ear --
No. 41. Physiology of hearing --
No. 42. Generation and development --
No. 43. Menstruation and male sexual functions --
No. 44. Development of the ovum --
No. 45. Development of the embryo --
No. 46. Touch.
Other Titles: Dr. Gibb's lectures on physiology
Responsibility: by George Duncan Gibb, M.D.
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