A life-long study of pharmacology and therapeutics by Dr Charles W. F. Phillips (1831-1905) saw him amass a substantial library which he gifted to the University Library in 1907. Early in the twentieth century, texts that were already in the Library in the appropriate subject groups were transferred from other sequences and added to this Collection. The various books concerning this field of medicine range from the infancy of print through to the late nineteenth century. Any researcher interested in the history of science and medicine should find this Collection of over 1000 items a useful resource.

Keywords: Pharmacology and therapeutics.

Strengths: Some seventeenth-century works, mainly in Latin on materia medica as well as numerous nineteenth-century medical books. Many of the classical textbooks of pharmacology and therapeutics are represented within this Collection.

Languages:English, German, French, Latin

Identifier: Phillips

Physical characteristics: c. 1250 volumes

Accumulation date range: 1850s-1900s

Contents date range: 1602-1908

Associated Publications: For some account of the Phillips Library, see P. J. Anderson's introduction to Subject Catalogue of the Phillips Library of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1911), vii-xv. Available on Library OPAC or WebPAC

Accrual Status: Closed

Custodial history/provenance: Founded in 1907 as a memorial to Dr Charles D. F. Phillips (1831-1905), a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (MB, 1852, MD, 1888), sometime lecturer in Materia Medica in Westminster Hospital Medical School, external examiner and LLD of the University of Aberdeen, 1900, by the gift from his widow and family.By 1911 the Phillips Library was enlarged by the addition of books on cognate subjects in collections already held in the University Library, including those of Duncan Liddell (bequeathed 1613), Thomas Reid (1624), the Earl of Bute (presented 1782), books preserved by the third Earl of Bute (Chancellor of Marischal College in 1782) and Sir John Forbes (presented 1859). Dr. Phillips also founded the Phillips scholarship in 1897.

Access Control: Closed access - please request. Non-borrowable.