Catalogue description Hurry, Jamieson Boyd (1857-1930)

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Details of MSS.2968-2988 and 6821-6823
Reference: MSS.2968-2988 and 6821-6823
Title: Hurry, Jamieson Boyd (1857-1930)

MSS.2968-2988 are chiefly related to Hurry's publications; the best-represented subject in this block of material is "vicious circles" in disease and in general society. In addition, there are papers relating to Hurry's work on Imhotep (vizier and physician to the Pharoah Zoser) and to the woad plant. MSS.6821-6823 comprise correspondence: on the Japanese edition of Vicious Circles in Disease (MS.6821), on the woad plant (MS.6822) and general correspondence (MS.6823).

Date: 1912-1930

MSS.2968-2988 chiefly comprise drafts related to Hurry's publications. Of these, MSS.2968-2986 are held in chronological order of composition. At the end of this chronological sequence come two papers compiled in collaboration with other writers, Allison Weir Cameron (d.1960) (MS.2987) and Emmie Dorothy Fenwick (MS.2988). MSS.6821-6823, comprising correspondence, are arranged with specific topics first, in order of composition: on the Japanese edition of Vicious Circles in Disease (MS.6821) and on the woad plant (MS.6822); followed by general correspondence (MS.6823).

Held by: Wellcome Collection, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Hurry, Jamieson Boyd, 1857-1930, general practitioner and author

Cameron, Allison Weir, d 1960

Fenwick, Emmie Dorothy, fl 1927

Physical description: 24 items (volumes, files or bundles of papers)
Physical condition: holograph and typescript manuscripts, plus some annotated printed material; held as volumes or bundles of papers.
Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Mrs. Banks, 1938 (acc. 89162).

  • Botany
  • Medical sciences
  • Egyptology
  • History
Unpublished finding aids:

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973) and subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore and Richard Palmer

Administrative / biographical background:

Jamieson Boyd Hurry was born in 1857 and took his M.D. at Cambridge in 1885. For over 40 years he practised medicine in Reading. His main medical interest was in "vicous circles", in individual and social pathology; he also published several works on the history of Reading and of its abbey. He died in 1930 and his final work, on the woad plant, was published shortly after his death.

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