This manuscript notebook belonged to an Edinburgh University student, and is comprised of lectures notes taken at the anatomy and surgery lectures of Professors of Anatomy, Alexander Monro, secundus (1733-1817) and Alexander Monro, tertius (1773-1859). From 1797 the father and son held a joint professorship and split course lectures. Monro, tertius is said to have been uninspiring anatomist and teacher, unlike his father and grandfather, Alexander Monro, primus (1697-1767) who founded Edinburgh Medical School. The progenitor of the Monro medical dynasty was John Monro (1670-1740), Boxmaster then Deacon of the Incorporation of Surgeons, who also played a role in founding the Medical School with his son.
As a part of this 480 page notebook there are anatomical illustrations from various artists, in addition to sketches by the notebook’s author, an often rare inclusion in notebooks of that period.