Cullen

The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[Case ID:1272]: Case of Mr John Surtees who has asthma and erysipelas on his hands and face.

Documents in this case

11 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:3239] 
Letter from William Ingham, Newcastle, on the case of Mr Surtees, who has been suffering frequent returns of 'spasmodic asthma'. He outlines the treatment he has received from Dr Pemberton. Surtees will deliver the letter by hand. Ingham abbreviates 'October' (the ancient eighth month) as '8br.'. He also mistakenly writes '1789' for '1787'. 4 October 1787
 
[DOC ID:5547] 
Letter to William Ingham, with a regimen and prescription for John Surtees, whom Cullen has recently seen in person. He writes, 'his ailment is somewhat constitutional and therefore must be of difficult cure'. He is given dietary and exercise advice and guidance on bleeding and blistering, as well as a prescription for pectoral pills. See note to Letter 5732 linked to this case, which implies that this document got left in Edinburgh error. 6 October 1787
 
[DOC ID:3000] 
Letter from Dr Stephen Pemberton to John Surtees, who is in Berwick and intends to visit Cullen again. A covering letter for Cullen's letter on his case and a prescription for pills mentioned, neither of which are included. William Ingham's name is mentioned in the annotation on the wrapper. 17 March 1788
 
[DOC ID:5622] 
Letter to Dr Stephen Pemberton ('Dear Dr.' – so not Mr William Ingham, Surtees' surgeon) concerning the case of Mr Surtees, and in response to his letter, which Surtees had delivered to him. He apologies for not replying immediately as 'it came upon me when I was engaged in a singular way'. He recommends the use of opiates as antispasmodics, with laxatives to counteract the costiveness caused, and also blistering and vomits. 4 April 1788
 
[DOC ID:3254] 
Letter from John Surtees, concerning his own case. Undated; but as Cullen's reply (Doc ID 5732) is dated 2 October 1788, and he says he had received it the previous day, it clearly dates from the end of September. He describes a new ailment, an erisypelas-like eruption on his face and hands, which seems to relieve his breathing complaint. He describes its first appearance after he had been drinking freely at Lamberton Races. Place of writing inferred to be Newcastle as he has clearly returned home; also, he wants Ingham's letter returning. 28? September 1788
 
[DOC ID:5732] 
Reply to John Surtees, Esqr. concerning his own case, in response to the letter Cullen had received the previous day (Doc ID 3254). Cullen is 'still of opinion that your ailments depend very much upon the nervous constitution of your lungs', but gives a new prescription to tackle the erisypelas, flushings and nosebleeds which Surtees has reported. He say, 'you are right in asking for the original advice that I gave in a letter to Mr. Ingham, and which was improperly left in my hands when you was last in Edr.' and returns it (probably the regimen set out in Doc ID 5547). 2 October 1788
 
[DOC ID:3394] 
Letter from William Ingham, concerning the case of John Surtees, whose asthma has returned with chest pains since the onset of cold weather. He asks Cullen's advice on travel abroad and on blistering. At the bottom, Surtees has written 'turn over', and written his piece on the reverse (Doc ID 3395). Again, Ingham uses '9th.' to mean the old 'ninth month', November. 26 November 1788
 
[DOC ID:3395] 
Note (enclosure) by J. Surtees on his own case, on the reverse of William Ingham's note (Doc ID 3394), so probably of the same date or later: the annotation dates it as 'December', but that may be the date of receipt. He asks, if he is to travel, whether a land or sea journey is to be preferred. 26? November? 1788
 
[DOC ID:5757] 
Reply to William Ingham concerning the case of Mr Surtees. Cullen recommends that he spend the winter in Lisbon, and advises on travelling via London and Falmouth from Newcastle. 28 November 1788
 
[DOC ID:3609]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Rev. Mr. [Matthew] Surtees of University College, Oxford, concerning his nervous disorder. He is prone to agitation and facial flushing. He hopes to visit Newcastle next summer, and from thence visit Cullen. His brother (John) had been successfully treated by Cullen for his asthmatic disorder, and has recently written to him from Nice. 9 December 1789
 
[DOC ID:3623]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from M. Surtees, to Henry Cullen, concerning his own case. He mentions Henry's father's indisposition but 'the advice which you give me appears to me...very judicious and therefore probably such as your father, if his health had permitted, would have given me'. He mentions also having received another letter from his brother John in Nice. Addressed to Dr Cullen junior. Dated 18th January 1789 but this is clearly meant for 1790 (or using old dating system that began the year in March). 18 January 1790
 

People involved in this case

7 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 544] Dr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 82] Mr William Ingham (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 4335] Mr Naisse (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 5666] Dr Stephen Pemberton (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 4333] Reverend Matthew Surtees (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 4334] Mr John Surtees (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )

Unique Places linked to this Case

13 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
SpecificUniversity College Oxford East England Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
Continent Europe certain
Place Lisbon Portugal Portugal Europe certain
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Country Scotland Europe inferred
Place Nice France France Europe certain
Place Falmouth South-West England Europe certain
Place Lamberton Borders Scotland Europe certain
Place Oxford East England Europe certain

Places and role of place

19 found.

TypeRoleSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificPlace of WritingCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Oxford East England Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingUniversity College Oxford East England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe inferred
ContinentTherapeutic Recommendation Europe certain
PlaceTherapeutic Recommendation Lisbon Portugal Portugal Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Scotland Europe inferred
PlaceMentioned / Other Nice France France Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Falmouth South-West England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Lamberton Borders Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Oxford East England Europe certain