Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Old Smellie certificate
It doesn't actually smell like anything in particular, but this 1757 certificate awarded to Doctor Robert McKean upon completion of two courses taught by William Smellie is one of the more unexpected items in our collections. The certificate itself measures 31.5 x 19.5 cm, and is mounted on a board 38 x 25 cm. While many certificates from this period do survive, testaments to the authority of the graduate to practice medicine, the large format and illustrated nature of this certificate appear to make it somewhat unusual.