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This book describes the life and achievements of the eighteenth-century Scottish physician William Hunter and outlines the history of the Museum named after him. William Hunter built up a wide-ranging private collection at his home in London, encompassing not only anatomical and pathological specimens related to his medical work, but also books and manuscripts, coins and medals, natural history specimens and artworks. On his death in 1783 he bequeathed the collection to the University of Glasgow where he had long ago been a student, and money to construct a Museum which opened in 1807. The book utilises a wide range of source material, much of it previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Museum's development, the many subsequent additions to its holdings and, more recently, the construction of a new Hunterian Art Gallery which houses not only Hunter's own collection but also numerous works be James McNeill Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Museum is celebrating its bicentenary in 2007. There is a foreward contributed by Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and formerly Government Chief Medical Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748628056
ISBN-10: 0748628053
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 24mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Lawrence Keppie

Lawrence Keppie, until his recent retirement, was a curator at the Hunterian Museum. He has written widely on Roman Scotland and the Roman army and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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