Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1624]: Case of Mr Alexander Montgomery of Coylesfield who Cullen believes has passed some gallstones and is jaundiced; upon his death in 1784 there is a postmortem examination.

Documents in this case

5 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:98] 
Reply 'For Alexander Montgomery of Colsfield'. Contains dietary recommendations and an English recipe for different marshmallow, linseed and camomile decoctions to treat Mr Montgomery's nephritic complaints (which were later confirmed gallstones). 9 July 1770
 
[DOC ID:2356] 
Letter from John Campbell, concerning the case of Mr Montgomerie. Due to repair, the pages are in the wrong order. October 1783
 
[DOC ID:4727] 
Reply, to John Campbell, concerning 'Montgomery of Coylesfield'. Cullen is in no doubt of the nature of Mr Montgomery's ailment: a collection of gallstones in the gallbladder which, when passing and getting stuck, have occasioned fits of jaundice and inflammation. Cullen discusses various methods of dissolving different types of calculi, including Van Swieten's grass diet, the latter which Cullen believes to be 'absolutely frivolous and useless'. 7 October 1783
 
[DOC ID:2397]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from John Campbell in Ayr, concerning the case of a 'Beautifull young Lady of about 21', who asked not to be named (Lady Mary Lindsay, as revealed later in the correspondence), who has had urinary tract problems, with fits of pain and strangury, for the past few years. He also reports the death of Alexander Montgomerie of Coilsfield, and describes the post-mortem carried out with Dr James Paterson. 20 January 1784
 
[DOC ID:4777]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, for 'Dr Campbell'. This letter, addressed to Dr John Campbell, concerns his as-yet unnamed female patient (Lady Mary Lindsay), whose kidney ailment Cullen regards as 'partly spasmodic, partly inflammatory'. Cullen advises on diet, medicine, and the restriction of exercise, particularly advising against dancing. He also thanks Campbell for his account of Montgomerie of Coilsfield's dissection. The enclosed prescription for a diuretic decoction is in Cullen's own hand. 24 January 1784
 

People involved in this case

9 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 5092] Miss
[PERS ID: 1586] Dr John Campbell (of Wellwood)
[PERS ID: 3154] Mr John Campbell (of Wellwood)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 5089] Countess Jean Lindsay (of Crawford; Lady Craufurd)
[PERS ID: 5090] Lady Mary Lindsay (Lindsay Crawford; later, of Crawford Priory and Kilbirnie.)
[PERS ID: 3155] Mr Alexander Montgomerie (Montgomery; of Coylesfield)
[PERS ID: 5088] Dr James Paterson (Montgomery; of Coylesfield)
[PERS ID: 714] Baron Gerard van Swieten (Van Sweten)

Unique Places linked to this Case

5 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Ayr (Air) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificCoilsfield House / Montgomerie House Tarbolton Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
Country France Europe certain

Places and role of place

8 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 Ayr (Air) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingCoilsfield House / Montgomerie House Tarbolton Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Ayr (Air) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
SpecificDestination of LetterCoilsfield House / Montgomerie House Tarbolton Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
CountryMentioned / Other France Europe certain
SpecificMentioned / OtherCoilsfield House / Montgomerie House Tarbolton Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain