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Adopt a Book

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.

Completing this form does not commit you to an adoption.

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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.

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
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”

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

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

Mr John St C McCormick, Scotland FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Watt, Robert (1774-1819)Cases of diabetes, consumption etc., with observations on the history and treatment of disease in general. By Robert Watt, member of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.(Watt was a Licentiate, then Fellow then President of the Faculty (later Royal College) of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow .There is a portrait of him there.)

Mrs Irene Corbett SRN SCM MTD ONC
Book or Manuscript:
Guillaume Mauquest de la Motte
"A general treatise of midwifery" London, 1746

Mr Robert Buchan FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Title to be selected at Librarian's discretion.
Dedicated to my Father

Mr Jonathan Clasper FRCSEd ULL
Book or Manuscript:
Bell, Charles. Illustrations of the great operations of surgery…1821
Bell, Charles. Letters concerning the diseases of the urethra. London 1810
Bell, Charles, Sir. Institutes of surgery…Vols 1 and 2. Edinburgh, 1838
Bell, Charles, Sir. Practical essays. Edinburgh 1842
Bell, Charles. Surgical observations …London, 1816
Bell, Charles. An essay on the forces which circulate the blood. London 1819