The book is a manual of rules, compiled by J. Robertson, M.D., Deputy Inspector of Hospitals, and this copy is marked for use at the Brickfields Hospital.
The first section comprises instructions for Medical Officers in regard to the professional duties and the administration of hospitals generally. The second deals with permanent hospitals at Hobart, New Norfolk and Launceston and enumerates the responsibilities of the House Surgeon, the Clerk, the Matron of the Female Hospital, the Steward, the Wardmaster, Wardsmen and Nurses, the Porter, the Deputy Purveyor and the Apothecary. Eleven appendixes deal with records, admissions, diet, stores, accounts, drugs, diseases.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.