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Medical case-books of George Murray Humphry (1820-1896)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10169

Scope and Contents

Hospital case-books dating from Humphry's apprenticeship to J. G. Crosse, surgeon to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (2 vols.) and continuing under Humphry at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge (9 vols,). Includes general and surgical wards cases. Many entries are in Humphry's hand with some penned by other doctors and surgeons. Two later volumes include pasted-in patient charts; one in a printed surgical case-book format. Additional to the case-books is Humphry's Anatomical Museum Case-Book documenting cases relating to specimens. A book-plate attributes this volume to the Library of Alexander Macalister, Professor of Anatomy (1883-1919). A further catalogue of anatomical specimens may refer to the collection of James Macartney purchased by the University of Cambridge in 1836. The anatomical collections of Macartney, Humphry and Macalister are since 1945 part of the Duckworth Collections.


  • Creation: 1836 - ? 1919


Conditions Governing Access

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13 volume(s) (13 volumes)

Language of Materials



Hospital case-books have been arranged by the archivist in date order, followed by the anatomical museum case-book and anatomical museum catalogue. Loose pages have been repackaged in archival quality folders, with details of the original volume recorded in the item record and on the item folder.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Several of the volumes are fragile and should be handled with care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Cambridge University Medical Library


Several of the volumes are fragile and require conservation assessment.

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Repository Details

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