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Vivae imagines partium corporis humani aereis formos expressae 1579 Plantin and ValverdeThe College, now in its sixth century of existence, has printed and manuscript treasures in surgical and other topics, from the 1400s to the 1900s.

Some of them are very rare. Some are spectacularly illustrated. Some are written by Scots. Some are French classics.

Many are in need of restoration and conservation work.

If you would like to support this project please email library@rcsed.ac.uk or call +44(0)131 527 1630. Visits can be arranged. Alternatively, there is an online form below which is available for you to register your interest in supporting important heritage material.

Adopt a Book Request

If you would like to support us in our efforts to try to ensure the future of these important items for generations to come, please complete this form and submit it.

We shall contact you by email, telephone or letter, to explore some possibilities.

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To help the selection, please give us an idea of your field of interest e.g : 16th century book, 17th century book, book by a famous surgeon, book with special illustration etc.

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Donors to the Project

We thank the donors most sincerely. Their generosity is funding the conservation of important printed and manuscript heritage, for future generations.

Below is a list of current donors. To search the list use the search box provided.



Name:
Mr Gordon F Reid FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Sharpe, S A treatise on the operations of Surgery with a description and representation of the Inrstruments[sic] used in performing them ... London: Robinson, 1782
Acknowledgements:

Name:
Dr Helen M Dingwall, College Historian
Book or Manuscript:
Lowe, Peter. Discourse of the whole art of chirurgery…1654
Acknowledgements:

Name:
Professor Dugald L Gardner FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Thomson-Walker, John.
Surgical diseases of the genito-urinary organs.
2nd ed.
London: Cassell and Co. 1936
Acknowledgements:

Name:
Mr Graham Kyle FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Bennet, Christopher (1617-1655)

Tabidorum theatrum, sive phtiosis, atrophiae et hecticae xenodochium [or the nature and cure of consumption or tuberculosis] [by Christopher Bennet, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London]. 1714

(Bennet is best known for his Theatri tabidorum vestibulum, a treatise on consumption, the disease which eventually killed him. It examines various forms of wasting disease, dealing more with the pathology than with treatment, in which it was quite traditional. The work is notable for the constant reference to cases observed, ‘explanatory histories’, and to dissections, not to classical authorities, which make the treatise stand out as an example of the Baconian method applied in medicine. The book was republished a number of times after Bennet's death, and was translated into English in 1720 ).
Acknowledgements:

Name:
David Spillane and the staff of TECNIPLAST UK
Book or Manuscript:
1. The Workes of that famous physitian Dr Alexander Read, doctor of Physick and one of the fellows of Physitians-Colledge, London. 1650
2. Synopsis medicinae. A compendium of physick, chirurgery, and anatomy. By William Salmon, Professor of Physick. 1681
3. Eight chirurgical treatises. By Richard Wiseman, Serjeant-Chirurgeon to King Charles the Second. London. 1696
Acknowledgements:
March 2010. These books were adopted by David Spillane and the staff of TECNIPLAST UK to commemorate the life of the late Ray Pitts, a valued friend and colleague.
"Please don’t cry because it’s over; SMILE because it happened”

Name:
Mr Collin Sweithin Linton Peiris FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
1. Porta, John Baptist 'De refractione' 1593
2. Porta, John Baptist 'De distillationibus' 1609
Acknowledgements:

Name:
Mr Ian James McClure MDS FDS RCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Hunter, John.
The Natural History of the Human Teeth: ...
[And:]
A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth; ...
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1778. [ Copy 2 ]
Acknowledgements: