Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1479]: Case of Dr Wilson who is very ill with suspected gout.

Documents in this case

6 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2215] 
Letter from Agnes Wilson, concerning the case of her husband, Dr Wilson. He has suffered from gout for the last 7 years, and is now suffering from swollen legs and feet, breathlessness, inflammation and piles, with violent pains, and nosebleeds. She appeals to Cullen: 'O Doctor I am distress about him – what would I give to have him near you at this time'. 26 May 1782
 
[DOC ID:2222] 
Letter from Dr Joshua Sampson of Beverley, concerning the case of Dr Wilson, 'whose situation I found most deplorably bad'. He notes that Wilson had previously been in the West Indies, where he had suffered from a 'redundancy of bile'. He describes his current symptoms as 'a perfect Anasarca' affecting the legs, scrotum, and even the brain, and is not optimistic. 28 May 1782
 
[DOC ID:564] 
Reply, 'Dr Samson C[oncerning] Dr Wilson'. Cullen expresses his concern for Wilson, who 'I have long known esteemed and loved him as an intelligent & worthy man', but is reluctant to advise on 'an ailment of a doubtfull nature and liable to change is state from day to day'. 1 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:2227]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Agnes Wilson concerning the case of her husband, Dr Wilson. She reports that the patient 'was happy to observe that you had the same opinion of his Complaints that you had himself', and that his condition has improved after punctures. She also mentions her own ailments: a weakness of the leg, which means she walks with a stick, and another condition that had made sitting uncomfortable. 4 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:571]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, for 'Mrs Wilson C[oncerning] Dr Wilson'. Cullen is still of the opinion that the case is one of gout, and declines to comment on her ailments until he has heard from her husband. Machine scribal copy; a postscript adds 'Being at present much distressed with the Influenza I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis'. 8 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:560] 
Reply to Mrs Wilson in response to her account of Dr Wilson's health. Cullen is reluctant to give advice on such a rapidly-changing ailment, but states his belief that the nature of the ailment is gouty. He cautiously approves the use of Guaiacum: 'Tho I am certain that the present fashionable Martinico practice with the Tincture of Guaiac is pernicious in the highest degree yet I hold the occasional use of guaiac to be one of the most usefull remedies in gouty cases'. 30 May 1783
 

People involved in this case

8 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 3977] Dr Daniel Bridges
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3976] Professor Francis Home (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3971] Dr Francis Milman (Millman; later Sir Francis Milman, Bt.)
[PERS ID: 3966] Dr Joshua Sampson (Samson)
[PERS ID: 828] Dr Alexander Wilson (Samson)
[PERS ID: 2992] Mrs Agnes Wilson (Samson)
[PERS ID: 3969] Mr Wilson (Samson)

Unique Places linked to this Case

6 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 Hull North-East England Europe inferred
Place Beverley North-East England Europe inferred
Continent West Indies certain
Country Martinique (Martinico) West Indies certain

Places and role of place

11 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 Hull North-East England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Beverley North-East England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Hull North-East England Europe inferred
PlaceDestination of Letter Beverley North-East England Europe inferred
ContinentMentioned / Other West Indies certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Hull North-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Beverley North-East England Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Martinique (Martinico) West Indies certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Beverley North-East England Europe certain