Archibald Young was a prominent Glasgow surgeon and Regius Professor of Surgery of the University of Glasgow. He graduated M.B., C.M., with high commendation, in 1895 from the University of Glasgow. He acted as Assistant in the Pathology Department, Western Infirmary, and in 1898 became Assistant to William Macewen. He became a Fellow of the College in 1913. During the First World War he acted as a neurological expert, distinguishing himself with his work on nerve injuries, embodied in a paper he read to the International Congress on Surgery in 1923.
Young was appointed to the Regius Chair of Surgery at the University of Glasgow in 1924. He was also President of the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society (1924), President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (1927), and President of this College from 1935-1937.
The notes on display were written by Young and are taken from physiology lectures delivered by John Gray McKendrick, professor of physiology at the University of Glasgow.