Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1468]: Case of Mr J. Spens who is thought to have gout, but his primary problem is a urinary stricture associated with a venereal infection which he has discussed with the surgeon John Hunter.

Documents in this case

6 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2154] 
Letter from J. S. in London, concerning his own case. He started the letter on the 4th of February, and added to it on the 13th and 20th. 20 February 1782
 
[DOC ID:282] 
Reply 'For Mr J. S.' Cullen chides him for not following earlier directions, adding that 'I cannot suppose you live like a monk in the midst of a gay metropolis', and recommends that if he wishes the advice of a physician or surgeon in London he should consult the Hunters. 28 February 1782
 
[DOC ID:2228] 
Letter from J. Spens, reporting on '[a] succession of little misfortunes. At least they would be thought so by Others. But to me unfortunately, they are great Ones'. 6 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:579] 
Reply to Mr Spens who has venereal disease. Cullen diagnoses a urethra in 'an indifferent State', further hurt by 'the accidents you mention'. He suggests a mild mercurial injection, and adds that 'you might put this question in my name to John Hunter and I wish to have his opinion'. 19 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:628] 
Reply to J. Spens for whom Cullen had recently proposed a course of mercury, discussing and, to some extent disagreeing with the treatments adopted by local surgeons . Cullen becomes unusually self-reflective: 'We are by no means infallible guides and men sometimes suffer by our mistakes but still it is the safest and surest for every one to follow implicitly the advice of those who have the best pretensions to judgement, experience and probity'. 26 August 1782
 
[DOC ID:718] 
Reply, 'Mr J. S.'. Cullen is unsure of the nature of the patient's condition, but advises him to take strengthening powders and injections of plain oil. 25 February 1783
 

People involved in this case

5 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 526] Mr John Hunter (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2689] Dr William Hunter (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2783] Mr Potts (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2782] Mr J. Spens (Professor Cullen)

Unique Places linked to this Case

4 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Place Lisbon Portugal Portugal Europe certain

Places and role of place

5 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 London London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter London London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Lisbon Portugal Portugal Europe certain