Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1354]: Case of Mr Gordon, who obtains an electrical machine to treat the pain and weakness in his lower back and stomach region, a condition considered almost paralytic by his local physician Dr John Gilchrist.

Documents in this case

7 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:195] 
Reply to John Gilchrist, giving advice for Mr Gordon of Halleaths, who has visited Cullen and Bell in person. Cullen has also handed Gordon some directions in person. Gordon is suffering from compression of the spinal cord, with paralytic and continence problems. Cullen recommends the use of electricity, and mentions Jallabert's pioneering work in this field in Geneva. 10 September 1781
 
[DOC ID:208] 
Reply to John Gilchrist concerning Mr Gordon of Halleaths in response to his wife's letter. Cullen gives suggestions about bathing and comments on electrical treatment. 27 September 1781
 
[DOC ID:2080] 
Letter from Margaret Gordon, concerning the case of her husband, Gilbert Gordon of Halleaths, who has been undergoing electrical treatment: 'my Husband has received above a hundred and fifty shokes in the day without making any perceptible alteration'. She asks advice about bathing treatments. 20 October 1781
 
[DOC ID:2085] 
Letter from Dr John Gilchrist of Dumfires, concerning the case of Mr Gordon of Halleaths, who has returned from consulting Cullen in Edinburgh. He outlines his case history, including previously consulting Cullen for gout c. 1769-71, and ophthalmia. He has taken the waters in Gilsland. Electrical treatment has not made any significant difference to his paralysis, and he is managing his continence problem. Gilchrist reports on the temperature of Bath spa waters. 1 November 1781
 
[DOC ID:2117]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Dr John Gilchrist, concerning the case of an unnamed female patient with a prolapse and other serious disorders. He requests that Cullen waive his fee, as the patient is 'a particular friend and relation of mine, in reduced and very embarrassed circumstances, whose husband was obliged to go abroad to America above three years ago, to try to retrieve his affairs, leaving her with a large family'. Also makes brief reference to another patient, Mr Gordon, who is described as being 'much the same'. Assumed to be Gilbert Gordon (ID168) because of location, timing and connection to Gilchrist. 27 December 1781
 
[DOC ID:2165]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from John Gilchrist, concerning the case of an unnamed female patient, who has been treated for fluor albus with eggshells, and reporting on the progress of Mr Gordon of Halleath, who is 'growing fatter' and 'sleeps well'. However, his paralysis continues, despite the use of warm bathing. Gilchrist asks whether cold bathing at Allonby would be suitable. 2 March 1782
 
[DOC ID:288]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, 'Dr Gilchrist'. Cullen does not have any further recommendations for the female patient Gilchrist describes, but mentions a possible cure for fluor albus of Professor Van Doeveren in Leiden; also mentions Mr Gordon of Halleaths. 6 March 1782
 

People involved in this case

9 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 2133] (a Gentleman)
[PERS ID: 4316] (Unnamed 'Lady' related to Dr John Gilchrist at Dumfries.)
[PERS ID: 13] Mr Benjamin Bell (Unnamed 'Lady' related to Dr John Gilchrist at Dumfries.)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 115] Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID: 168] Mr Gilbert Gordon (Collector Gordon; of Halleaths and Lochmaben)
[PERS ID: 178] Mrs Margaret Gordon (of Halleaths)
[PERS ID: 481] Professor Jean Jallabert (of Halleaths)
[PERS ID: 2672] Dr Gualtherus van Doeveren (of Halleaths)

Unique Places linked to this Case

14 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificHalleaths Lochmaben Borders Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Place Cumberland North-West England Europe certain
Place Allonby North-West England Europe certain
Place Bath South-West England Europe certain
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Country England Europe certain
Place Geneva (Geneve) Switzerland Switzerland Europe certain
Place Annandale Borders Scotland Europe certain
Continent North America certain
Place Leiden The Netherlands Holland Europe certain
Place Gilsland North-East England Europe certain

Places and role of place

18 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 Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingHalleaths Lochmaben Borders Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
PlaceTherapeutic Recommendation Cumberland North-West England Europe certain
PlaceTherapeutic Recommendation Allonby North-West England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Bath South-West England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Geneva (Geneve) Switzerland Switzerland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Annandale Borders Scotland Europe certain
ContinentMentioned / Other North America certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Leiden The Netherlands Holland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Gilsland North-East England Europe certain
SpecificMentioned / OtherHalleaths Lochmaben Borders Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain