Veterinary medicine has long been recognized as one of the more neglected areas of medical history. One of the main stumbling blocks to research is the lack of comprehensive information regarding the survival and availability of primary source material. Veterinary Medicine: A Guide to Historical Sources redresses these issues for the first time, offering researchers an unparalleled tool with which to approach the subject. The book opens with a brief history of veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession from the fourteenth to the beginning of the twenty first centuries, identifying the key dates and events that shaped their development. There then follows a chapter on the nature and uses of the records covered by the book, outlining the types of records found, the type of information they contain and their likely uses by different types of researcher. A brief user's guide then explains how to use the book. After these preliminary sections, comes the main body of the book, the lists of records. It is here that the various practices and institutions covered by the book are listed, together with the types of records they hold, the dates they cover and where they are kept. A short biographical history is also included with each entry where appropriate. Taken as a whole this volume will prove to be an invaluable aid for any scholar, researching the history of veterinary medicine in Britain.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword, Professor Roger Cooter; Veterinary medicine: a brief history; Veterinary records: their nature and uses; Select bibliography; User's guide: arrangement of the book; List of records of practices; List of records of individuals; List of records of companies; List of records of trade bodies and professional associations; List of records of national government; List of records of local government; List of records of education and research establishments; List of records of charities; List of records of zoos; Guide to minor collections; Indexes.
'... provides an original and extensive guide to primary source material within the field of veterinary medicine... an essential starting point for existing and prospective veterinary historians.' Medical History