Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1692]: Case of Mrs Johnston [Johnstone] of Hawkhill who has been reported as being insane.

Documents in this case

5 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:4960] 
Reply, with directions for an unnamed female patient, with an ailment Cullen describes as 'a frequent one with the Pox'. She is to have warmed water poured on her back from an adapted kettle and is given very detailed directions on diet. Since the prescription enclosed is almost certainly Doc ID 4959, the patient is Mrs Johnstone of Hawkhill (syphilis might explain her later insanity?). 23 December 1784
 
[DOC ID:2702] 
Letter from Dr James Currie concerning the case of Mrs Johnstone, the wife of Captain Gideon Johnstone of Hawkhill, who 'is now, or has lately been, your patient'. Mrs Johnstone's relations at Liverpool are perturbed at news that she has been insane for some time when their last communication with her suggested nothing was wrong with her. 12 September 1785
 
[DOC ID:5145] 
Reply 'Dr Currie C[oncerning] Mrs. Johnston'. The patient's sister has called to see Cullen en route to visiting Hawkhill, and will also communicate news of her condition to her family in Liverpool. Cullen says that, 5 or 6 weeks previously, he had found Mrs Johnston 'in the state of violent insanity', which 'turned entirely upon Religion' and was accompanied by fainting and convulsions. He regards the case as hysteric. 16 September 1785
 
[DOC ID:2813] 
Letter from Dr J. Camplin concerning the case of Mrs Johnston, the wife of Captain Gideon Johnston. He asks Cullen for an account of her situation, for the sake of her 'friends' (i.e. family) in Liverpool. Insanity, probably of a religious kind, seems to be suspected, as he writes that 'Religious Enthusiasm she inherits from her Father', although in his case, there was not 'the least Suspicion of Insanity'. His remark 'How far, peculiar domestic Situations may have increased a natural Tendency, 'tis not easy to say' may hint at the cause of disease indicated in Doc ID 4960. Mistakenly annotated 'C. Mr. Johnston'. 14 May 1786
 
[DOC ID:5269] 
Reply, 'Mrs Johnston'. ullen writes that he has not visited her recently, certainly not since her sisters visited. She has frequent severe fits of melancholy, and her case is 'at times of absolute insanity', but her husband is as attentive and indulgent as her condition allows. However, 'as a Constitutional disease', Cullen cannot think of measures to prevent recurrences. 24 May 1786
 

People involved in this case

8 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 5601] Mr
[PERS ID: 5596] Dr Joseph Camplin
[PERS ID: 5595] Mr Scrope Colquitt (of Mount Pleasant, Liverpool)
[PERS ID: 5600] Miss Mary or Elizabeth Colquitt (Calcott)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 468] Dr James Currie (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 196] Captain Gideon Johnstone (Johnston, Johnson; of Hawkhill)
[PERS ID: 1291] Mrs Frances Johnstone (Fann(e)y; Johnston, of Hawkhill)

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 Liverpool North-West England Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificHawkhill House, Lochend Road Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Carlisle North-West England 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 Liverpool North-West England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Liverpool North-West England Europe inferred
PlaceMentioned / Other Liverpool North-West England Europe certain
SpecificMentioned / OtherHawkhill House, Lochend Road Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Carlisle North-West England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Liverpool North-West England Europe certain