|Description||Albinus was born at Frankfurt (Oder),Germany, where his father, Bernhard Albinus, was professor of the practice of medicine. In 1702 his father transferred to the chair of medicine at Leiden University; Bernhard Siegfried began his studies there in 1709, at the age of 12. His teachers included Herman Boerhaave and Nikolaus Bidloo. After finishing his studies at Leiden he went to Paris where he devoted himself especially to anatomy and botany. On the recommendation of Boerhaave, he was recalled to Leiden in 1719 to be a lecturer on anatomy and surgery. Two years later he succeeded his father in the professorship of these subjects, and became one of the most famous teachers of anatomy in Europe. In 1745 Albinus was appointed professor of the practice of medicine, being succeeded in the anatomical chair by his brother Frederick Bernhard (1715-1778), who, as well as another brother, Christian Bernhard (1700-1752), attained considerable distinction. Bernhard Siegfried, who was twice rector of his university, died at Leiden.|
Wording on bookplate:
This Collection of Manuscript Lectures, by the Founders of the Medical College at Edinburgh, viz. Dr Monro primus, Drs Rutherford, Alston, St Clair and Plummer, consisting of Seventy Volumes, was purchased by Dr Duncan sen. in the year 1772, from Mr John Murray, bookseller in London, for seven guineas.
Dr [Andrew] Duncan has given directions, that after his death, these Manuscript Lectures, together with One Hundred Volumes of Practical Observations on Medicine, in his own handwriting, and which he has employed as notes for Clinical Lectures, shall be presented to the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, to be deposited in their Library.
His intention is, that this Collection of Manuscripts, may convey to Posterity, a testimony of his own Industry, and of the Abilities of some of his Medical Preceptors, whose Characters, as long as Medicine continues to be cultivated as a Science, will do honour to the College of Physicians and University of Edinburgh. June 4 1812.
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Contents: 'Dictata in Physiologiam', 1741