Notes taken from Dr Alexander Monro’s
lectures on Surgery


Dr. Alexander Monro was born in 1733, the younger son of Alexander Monro, physician (1697-1767). He was educated at Edinburgh University from 1752 where he occasionally lectured for his father, and was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Surgery as coadjutor to his father in 1755. After graduating he travelled abroad, matriculating at Leyden University in 1757. He returned to Edinburgh the following year. There he published a series of papers, culminating in his famous 'Observations on the Structure and Functions of the Nervous System' in 1783, and gave a full course of lectures from 1759 to 1800. He died in 1817.


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