Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, by Johanna Geyer-Kordesch & Fiona MacDonaldPhysicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, by Johanna Geyer-Kordesch & Fiona MacDonald, subtitled 'The History of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow'
Published by Hambledon Press in 1999, 478 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295WSOV)
From the front inside fly leaf: In 1599 the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow united in one body the wo main branches of the medical profession. Collective power of regulation was typical of craft guilds, but Glasgow's surgical guild uniquely included physicians. Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow tells the remarkable story of one of the oldest medical incorporations in Britain. It also sets its history both in the local context, of Glasgow and the west of Scotland, and in the broader context of European medicine.
In the eighteenth century the Faculty lent support to reform - indeed pointed the way - by jettisoning master-apprentice training in favour of lectures, with innovative medical teaching undertaken by surgeons as well as by University professors. The Faculty also assembled a library, and specimen and teaching collections. Many notable doctors, including William Cullen and William Hunter, spent their formative years in Glasgow. After losing its way at the beginning of the nineteenth century in a struggle, against the University of Glasgow, to control qualifications (at one disastrous point prosecuting at law holders of the University's MD), the Faculty emerged as the ally of the University in promoting high academic and professional standards. Its survival and importance as a professional body was endorsed by the Medical Act of 1858.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two very minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.