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Livingstone letters published online

4 October 2007

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  • Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL
  • The Livingstone Online project from the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL has published two letters from Dr David Livingstone held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, along with some images of Livingstone's medical instruments held in the college.

    The college holds two letters from David Livingstone, who studied medicine in Glasgow 1836-38 and was granted a licence by the Faculty - as it was then known - in 1840. One of the letters, to Alexander Brownlee from David Livingstone, was presented to the college by Alexander Brownlee's grandson, Dr John Douglas Brownlie, in 1937. The provenance of the other letter from Livingstone to Haldane is unknown.

    The letters and images can be seen on the Livingstone Online website, a project dedicated to creating an online edition of the medical and scientific correspondence of David Livingstone, the Victorian explorer, doctor, missionary and humanitarian.

    To find out more, use the links at the top of this article

    Image: Dr Livingstone's medical instruments (Credit: Gary Li)

    UCL Context
    The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL is the foremost international centre in its field. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the centre is also benefits from its close proximity to the trust's wealth of research materials in its extensive collections and library. Staff at the centre investigate a broad range of our medical past, from the very origins of medicine to recent developments in technology

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