An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race, July 1800, 1830


Date: 1830 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 translation, 34 p.


This is Taylor's dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Edinburgh. It was originally published in Latin (Edinburgh, 1800), and John Brandreth made this English translation for a friend in 1830.

Background note

Robert Eveleigh Taylor was a British physician.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 translation, 34 p.

Early American History Note

This volume contains a manuscript copy of Robert Taylor's dissertation titled "An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race." Taylor delivered this lecture at the University of Edinburgh in July 1800 to fulfill one of the requirements for a medical degree. The essay touches on many of the prominent theories about racial differences then circulating in the Atlantic World. Taylor, for instance, discusses the influence of climate on the different races and how geography affects the health.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Edinburgh.


  • Dissertations
  • Dissertations.
  • Educational Material
  • Manuscript Essays
  • Scientific Data

Personal Name(s)

  • Brandreth, John
  • Taylor, Robert Eveleigh.


  • African American
  • Beyond Early America
  • Blacks.
  • Medicine
  • Race.