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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 TH/PP18
WHYTT, Robert (1714-1766)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

WHYTT, Robert (1714-1766)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Edinburgh, 1714; graduated M A, St Andrews University, 1730; studied medicine in Edinburgh; studied of anatomy under Monro; moved to London, 1734, studied under Cheselden, visited the wards of the London hospitals; attended the lectures of Winslow in Paris, Boerhaave and Albinus, Leyden; M D, Rheims, 1736; licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1737; Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1738, and commenced practice as a physician; Professor of the Theory of Medicine in Edinburgh University, 1747; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1752; lectured on chemistry, 1756; first physician to the King in Scotland, 1761; President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1763-1766; died, 1766.
Publications include: An Essay on the vital and other involuntary motions of animals (Edinburgh, 1751); An Essay on the virtues of Lime-Water in the cure of the Stone (Edinburgh, 1752); Physiological Essays (Hamilton, Balfour & Neill, Edinburgh, 1755); Observations on the Nature, Causes, and Cure of those Disorders which have been commonly called Nervous Hypochondriac, or Hysteric, to which are prefixed some remarks on the sympathy of the nerves (T Becket & P du Hondt, London, J Balfour, Edinburgh, 1765); Observations on the dropsy in the brain, by R W (Edinburgh, 1768); The Works of R. W. ... Published by his son [R Whytt] (Edinburgh, 1768).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Robert Whytt, comprising notes on his clinical lectures, delivered at Edinburgh University, [1760], taken by an unidentified student, with some 'Directions given by the Physician General at the Havannah to the surgeons of the Army relating to the management of the sick'.

System of arrangement

1 volume

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers including unpublished lectures, case reports and prescriptions, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MSS 6858-6880); correspondence, casebook and lecture notes, 1749-1765, held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (reference: Whytt); correspondence and lecture notes, 1753-1764, held by the Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections (reference: Dc 4 98; Gen 745); letters to J Oswald, 1754-1766, held privately.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue; Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984). Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2002; revised January 2003

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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International relations
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical treatment
  • Physicians
  • State security
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Therapy

Personal names

  • Whytt, Robert (1714-1766), Physician

Corporate names

  • University of Edinburgh x Edinburgh University


  • Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, UK, Western Europe

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