CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3753/1
Date1874 - 1878
Extent1 volume, with enclosures
Administrative HistoryReid was an early pioneer of the methodology and application of anthropometric research as an aid and companion to anatomy and anthropology. However, like his predecessor, Sir John Struthers, he continued to place a high value on the role of dissection in gaining an understanding of the human body, and maintained a record of 'variations' from the norm observed during dissections.

He encouraged his students to participate in the anthropometric research of the Department of Anatomy and quickly recognised their potential as a constant pool of new subjects for the Department's research in this area. His students were also encouraged to record variations observed during their practical anatomy classes and to present these for discussion at the meetings of their Anatomical and Anthropological Society.
DescriptionRecords of 'anatomical variations' observed by Reid in dissections undertaken at St Thomas's Hospital, London, 1874 - 1878.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess restrictions apply to the anthropometric records deposited in this collection. For further details please seek assistance from Reading Room staff (e-mail: )
Physical DescriptionHard backed volume
Related MaterialFor records relating to Reid's work on anthropometry, see the papers of the Department of Anatomy (MS U 1332/5).

See also, letter from G. Parsons, St Thomas's Hospital, London, to Robert Reid, in which he discusses measurement techniques and changes in the head size and shape of his students (MS 3270/)
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