|Description||William Smellie was born in Lanark on 5th February 1697. He practised medicine before getting a licence, but enrolled later at the University of Glasgow and received his MD degree in 1745. After training in obstetrics in London and Paris, he opened a practice in London and began teaching. He invented a 'machine', an obstetrical manikin, for instructions. Smellie described the mechanism of labor, designed obstetrical forceps, devised a manoeuvre to deliver the head of a breech, and published his teachings. |
He died in Lanark on 5th March 1763. The tomb in which William Smellie (and later his wife) was buried still stands in the St. Kentigerns section of Lanark graveyard.
Contents: Copy of a catalogue of William Smellie's library, c1763; copy of will and codicil of William Smellie, c1763