Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00052 (Downsview Offsite) - J.P. (James Playfair) McMurrich Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00052 (Downsview Offsite)


J.P. (James Playfair) McMurrich Papers


  • [192-?]-[193-?] (Creation)

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8 boxes

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Dr. James P. McMurrich was a noted Canadian scholar who received graduate degrees from the University of Toronto (MA, 1881) and from John's Hopkins University (Ph.D., 1885). He held several university positions before he accepted a position as Professor of Anatomy at the University of Toronto. His scholarly contributions include a manual of human embryology entitled "Development of the Human Body," which was in worldwide use during his time. As an educator, Dr. McMurrich believed that anatomy was best learned by practical experience and not from text books.

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Collection consists of notes and manuscript drafts for McMurrich’s unpublished book, The History of Anatomy as well as a portrait of McMurrich.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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