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Buchan, William (1729-1805)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.1390-1392
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Buchan, William (1729-1805)
Date(s): 1798
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 volumes
Name of creator(s): Buchan | William | 1729-1805 | physician and author
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1729; educated at Jedburgh grammar school and University of Edinburgh, intending to enter the ministry; left Edinburgh University, [1758]; practised medicine in rural Yorkshire; medical officer to a branch of the Foundling Hospital at Ackworth, Yorkshire, 1759; practised in Sheffield, 1762; returned to Edinburgh about 1766; fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1772; practised in London, 1778.
Publications: Domestic Medicine (1769)
On the Offices and Duties of a Mother (1800)
Advice to mothers on the subject of their own health, and on the means of promoting the health, strength and beauty of their offspring (1803)


Scope and content/abstract:

'Médecine domestique, ou traité complet des moyens de se conserver en santé, de guérir et de prévenir, les maladies par le régime ou les remèdes simples ... Traduit de l'anglais par J. D. Duplanil, docteur en médecine de la Faculté de Montpellier, etc. Quatrième édition, revu [sic] corrigé [sic] et augmenté [sic] sur la septième édition de Londres', the title-page of Vol. II is dated 'MDCCLXXVIII', that of Vol. III is correctly given as 'MDCCLXXXVIII'. In both cases 'An sept de la République' is written beneath the above dates, and is presumably the date when the MS. was copied.

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1931.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Oxford DNB. Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009

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