Found In Books

Sometimes if you don't have a proper bookmark handy, anything else will suffice. These items were taken from the hospital and then never made their way back out of our books.


Blood Test Card
Blood Test Card
Poison Labels
Form for Requesting Penicillin
  • Blood Test Card
  • Blood Test Card
  • Poison Labels
  • Form for Requesting Penicillin
  • Blood Test Card

    Blood Test Card

    A blood test card, with 5 shades for comparing a small blood sample (c. 1950). Fortunately the blood sample itself was not left inside the book!

  • Blood Test Card

    Blood Test Card

    Reverse of the blood test card, giving instructions for use.

  • Poison Labels

    Poison Labels

    These labels for poison, used by Dr Macgown of Millport (c. 1900), were removed from Opera Hieronymi Fabricii (1628).

  • Form for Requesting Penicillin

    Form for Requesting Penicillin

    This form, were it not used as a bookmark, would have been used by doctors at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow to request a supply of penicillin (c. 1950).

  • Blood Test Card
  • Blood Test Card
  • Poison Labels
  • Form for Requesting Penicillin

Pressed Leaves

What better way to press plants and flowers than between the pages of a sturdy tome?


A  leaf found in Parkinson's 'Theatrum Botanicum'
Leaf found pressed inside Browne's
Leaves found in Browne's 'Religio Medici'
  • A  leaf found in Parkinson's 'Theatrum Botanicum'
  • Leaf found pressed inside Browne's
  • Leaves found in Browne's 'Religio Medici'
  • A leaf found in Parkinson's 'Theatrum Botanicum'

    A leaf found in Parkinson's 'Theatrum Botanicum'

    This leaf was found, rather appropriately, pressed inside John Parkinson's herbal, Theatrum Botanicum, the Theater of Plants (1640).

  • Leaf found pressed inside Browne's "Religio Medici"

    Leaf found pressed inside Browne's "Religio Medici"

    This leaf was found pressed inside the 1886 edition of Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici (London, W. Scott).

  • Leaves found in Browne's 'Religio Medici'

    Leaves found in Browne's 'Religio Medici'

    These leaves were also inside the 1886 edition of Sir Thomas Browne's Religio medici (London, W. Scott).

  • A  leaf found in Parkinson's 'Theatrum Botanicum'
  • Leaf found pressed inside Browne's
  • Leaves found in Browne's 'Religio Medici'

Letters and Postcards

Everybody likes to receive a postcard from a friend, but what to do with them once they've been read? These notes were slipped inside books and forgotten, until now.


  • Mull of Kintyre Postcard

    This postcard showing the Mull of Kintyre Postcard was sent to Dr. A. Young at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (c. 1960). It was found tucked inside a copy of the Handbook of Bacteriology by Joseph W. Bigger (London, Bailliere, Tindall & Cox, 1949).

  • Mull of Kintyre Postcard

    Rear of the postcard showing the Mull of Kintyre lighthouse, sent to Dr. A. Young at the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen.

  • Note by William Mackenzie

    This short note regarding poisoning (19th c.) was found in Traité de Toxicologie Générale by J. Anglada (Paris, 1835). The note appears to be in William Mackenzie's handwriting.

  • Postcard Letter

    This postcard, addressed to Mr Hugh Dunbar, is signed by "JGC", who regrets he is unable to attend a meeting (1933). The postcard fell out of a book during a conservation survey in 2002.

  • Postcard Letter

    This postcard, addressed to Mr Hugh Dunbar, is signed by "JGC", who regrets he is unable to attend a meeting (1933). The postcard fell out of a book during a conservation survey in 2002.


Photographs

Sadly we know very little about the subjects of most of these pictures. The photographs were probably placed inside books for safekeeping, but eventually forgotten.


  • Bust of John Hunter

    This photograph shows a wax bust, probably of John Hunter. An inscription on the back reads, "Photo of wax, belonging to late W. Gemmell given me by RMB 6/8/20". The photograph was found in Two Great Scotsmen: the brothers William and John Hunter by George R. Mather (Glasgow, Maclehose, 1893).

  • Nurse With a Baby

    This photograph shows a nurse holding a baby (c. 1900). Unfortunately we don't know their names, or anything else about them.

  • Photograph of Old Woman

    The photograph of this old woman was found in volume 2 of The Collected Papers of Joseph Baron Lister (Oxford Press, 1909). We don't know who she is, or when the photograph was taken.

  • Photographic Prints of an Old Man

    These two 19th century prints of an elderly man were found in the 2nd volume of Cutaneous Medicine by Louis A. Duhring (Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1897).


Advertisements

A range of medical and health products are promoted in these advertising materials. We can't be sure if the advertisements worked, but since they were all being used as bookmarks it seems unlikely!


  • Carrick's patent pneukoinon

    An advertisement by the British Sanitary Company, West Regent Street, Glasgow, for Carrick's patent pneukoinon; or universal inhaler and respirator (c. 1900). The leaflet claims that the device is able to replicate "the warm, moist climate of Madeira, the pure, dry atmosphere of the Nile, or the frigid temperatures of the Arctic regions... in a few seconds."

  • Vibrona Tonic Wine

    A leaflet advertising Vibrona, "the ideal tonic wine" (c. 1930). Vibrona was apparently "supplied to the Royal household", although it is hard to image the "highest medical authorities" endorsing its use today.

  • Vibrona Tonic Wine

    Reverse of the leaflet advertising Vibrona, giving more detail on the ways in which Vibrona can help those suffering from influenza, pneumonia, typhoid, neuralgia, insomnia, and malarial fever.

  • New Uterine Dilator

    An article/advertisement, written by Dr Alexander Duke, for a "new uterine dilator" manufactured by F. Walters & Co., London (c. 1900).

  • New Uterine Dilator

    Reverse of the advertisement for F. Walter & Co.'s "new uterine dilator".

  • Glaxo Vaccines Bookmark

    A bookmark advertising Glaxo Vaccines for tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, influenza, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (date unknown).

  • Paroleine Spray Compound

    This bookmark advertises Paroleine Spray Compound, to be used in treating "acute catarrhal conditions of the nose and naso-pharynx" (c. 1950).

  • Glaxo Vaccines Bookmark

    Reverse of the bookmark advertising Glaxo Vaccines.


Odds and Ends

A cigarette card, a conference ticket, and a book token. These items don't quite fit in any other category, but we still felt they were interesting enough to keep after discovering them lurking inside our library books.


  • Ticket for 1897 BMA meeting in Montreal

    This apparently unused ticket for the 1897 meeting of the BMA, held in Montreal, was found inside a copy of the Official Guide and Souvenir (Montreal, Desbarats & Co.,1897).

  • Map of Montreal in 1897

    The ticket for the 1897 BMA meeting opens out to show a map of the city of Montreal, with the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, and a number of hotels coloured in red.

  • Ticket for 1897 BMA meeting in Montreal

    The reverse, with conditions of the ticket.

  • Book token designed by Barnett Freedman

    This book token and attached bookplate were designed by British artist Barnett Freedman (c. 1943). They were found in a copy of Archibald Young's translation of The Surgery of Pain by René Leriche. This particular copy, and perhaps the book token, were previously owned by Dr. Robert L. Richards, a former Fellow of the College.

  • Cigarette Card

    A cigarette card from a pack of Will's Cigarettes, with an illustration of tennis player George Patrick Hughes (1931).

  • Cigarette Card

    Reverse of the cigarette card, with a short biography of tennis player George Patrick Hughes.


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